And the young central defender did not look out of place in Jurgen Klopp’s star-studded side at Anfield as Roberto Firmino found the net with a towering last-minute header to send the champions to the top of the table, three points above Spurs.
It followed an absorbing first half on Merseyside in which Son Heung-min cancelled out Mohamed Salah’s deflected strike with a low finish past Alisson’s near post.
‘I said before the game that Rhys been outstanding, and I hope for the same tonight and he was outstanding again,’ Henderson told NBC Sports shortly after the final whistle.
‘I thought he was one of the best players on the park, won the majority of things in the air, defended.
‘I could hear him talking all the time for such a young lad, so I’m delighted for him.’
A frustrated Jose Mourinho told Klopp ‘the best team lost’ as the pair exchanged words on the pitch after the game but Henderson was adamant his Liverpool side ‘deserved the three points’.
‘I thought it was a good game, very tactical, probably what you expected a little bit in terms of us dominating the ball and creating chances and then get done on the counter in the first half,’ the Reds skipper continued.
‘So we’ll be disappointed with that because we knew that was the case but overall I thought the performance was outstanding, we dominated for large periods with the ball, creating some good chances and kept going right until the end to get the winner which I think we deserved.
‘We concentrate on keeping on going until the final whistle goes. We don’t think about records or outcomes, we’re here to win games and we don’t stop.
‘Unfortunately, we didn’t manage to find the winner, today we did so I’m delighted with the lads.
‘I thought the performance was outstanding and deserved the three points.’
He added: ‘We’re delighted with the three points and then the focus has got to be now on the weekend which comes quick against Palace.
‘They are a very good side and have had some very good results of late.
‘That will be a very tough test for us.’