Jordan Henderson’s reaction to Sadio Mane pass sums up the type of leader he is

One of the only positive things about the lack of fans in stadiums amid the coronavirus pandemic has been the opportunity to hear exactly what sort of communication goes on between players on the pitch.

And one man who certainly isn't shy about getting his point across is Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson.

The 30-year-old has developed a reputation as one of the most vocal leaders in the Premier League, and can be regularly heard bellowing orders to his teammates.

But Henderson appears to favour the carrot over the stick approach, and tends to offer encouragement far more often than criticism.

This was particularly evident during the 5-0 thrashing against Atalanta in the Champions League on Tuesday night, and Liverpool's official Twitter account posted a video with a montage of some of Henderson's best battle cries.

With the Reds 4-0 up and Diogo Jota on a hat-trick, Sadio Mane played in the Portuguese forward with a superb through ball to allow him to complete his treble.

And Henderson's reaction was to shout in admiration: "Aw, what a pass! What a pass!" before he is heard joyfully celebrating as Jota slots it home.

Young Curtis Jones started the match, and Henderson took it upon himself to help guide the 19-year-old through.

In one aerial duel he can he heard shouting: "Go on, Curtis, head it!", while after a defensive block he says: "Brilliant, Curtis!" and during one Atalanta throw-in he advises him: "Stay with him, Curtis, stay with him!"

Despite their convincing victory, Henderson never allowed the tempo to drop, and during one slow period of play he cries: "Energy! Moving it, quick! Keep it moving!"

And he also had words of praise for centre-back Joe Gomez, with: "Well done, Joe!" and "Win it, Joe! Love it!" two regular interjections.

Reds supporters will love what they have seen from Henderson, and it is little wonder that he is beginning to become an idol amongst the fanbase given the huge influence he clearly has over the team.

He will need to be at his imposing best if his side are to get anything from their huge game against Manchester City on Sunday.

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