By ESPNSTAR.com staff
The ex-Sunderland midfielder has not had as much playing time under Rodgers as he did under former manager Kenny Dalglish. Moreover, the emergence of Raheem Sterling has further pushed Henderson down the pecking order this season.
He did show his ability in Liverpool's recent win over West Ham as he came on as a substitute and delivered the cross that led to an own goal by James Collins. It was the crucial goal that his side needed to complete a fightback at Upton Park.
"He's understanding what his role is, and the importance that he has within the group. And he's done very well," Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo.
"He's a terrific lad, and the most important thing with him is he wants to learn.
"He works very, very hard at his game and he's been coming on in games and starting games for us and doing very well.
"He scored the winner against Udinese, and at West Ham you could see that his energy and his ability to press and pass the ball was very good. It was his run that created one of the goals, of course, and I was delighted for him."
Joe Cole was another player who made an impact from the substitutes bench in the game although Rodgers was a lot more conservative in his assessment on the midfielder's performance and future prospects.
Asked if Cole would feature more often in Rodgers' plans, the Northern Irishman could only state: "I'm just going along game by game."
Rodgers has already gone on record to indicate that Liverpool might not be too busy in the January transfer window and the Reds might have to consider offloading several fringe players in order to help finance a bid for a backup for star striker Luis Suarez.