When Jordan Henderson left, Sunderland supporters were divided into two main camps: dejection about what the move said of our own vaunted ambition, and the feeling we’d done some rather smart business provided the money was properly spent.
We are still waiting for the so-called marquee signings – two needed, three if the underperforming Gyan is on his way – but the money we received from Liverpool, £16m or more, still looks good.
But am I not right in thinking the overwhelming majority of SAFC supporters will feel pride and even reflected glory if he does well at Anfield, just as most of us smile when SuperKev bangs in two more goals for Blackpool? And Jordan’s doing well after a slow start against us.
Plenty of you will be seeing this for yourselves. If not, feast on these snippets from the BBC online coverage of Liverpool v Bolton, still in progress of course:
*1744 Liverpool goal: Great strike. Liverpool work it well and after Jussi Jaaskelainen saves Stewart Downing’s volley from a Luis Suarez cross brilliantly, Jordan Henderson – at the second attempt – thrashes home from inside the area, arrowing a shot into the top corner.
* 1747: That, of course, was Jordan Henderson’s first goal for the club and it was no more than Liverpool deserve.
* 1752: And now Jordan Henderson’s fabulous low cross from the right eludes Dirk Kuyt’s slide six yards out by a matter of inches. Bolton living dangerously.
* 1754: He’s missed one! Jordan Henderson – who has started fabulously – plays in Luis Suarez through on goal, but the Uruguayan’s attempted chip over the onrushing Jussi Jasskelainen drifts over the bar. Should have scored.
It is only half time and this was no more than a bit of whimsy. And having written it, I fully expected to hear he’d scored an own goal and been sent off. But it was 3-0 by the time he was subbed to loud applause and Liverpool won 3-1.