Following LA Galaxy’s announcement that departing Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will be joining them in the summer, talk has begun over who can fill the almost irreplaceable void the Englishman will leave.
The 34-year-old has, however, named who he feels would be the perfect replacement, suggesting that team-mate – and vice-captain – Jordan Henderson is ready to step up and take responsibility.
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Gerrard said:
“I certainly believe Jordan has everything you need to be a great captain,”
“He’s a fantastic professional who tries to lead by example in every training session and in every game.
“He has really grown as a player and is improving all the time with experience.
“He can become a great captain for this club. He’s a fantastic player for me to hand the armband over to.
“I’ve got great respect for Jordan Henderson and I know everyone else at the club feels the same.”
“Initially, it was very difficult for Jordan
“He was a Sunderland boy and moving to Liverpool was his first time out of the area. It was a big move at a young age.
“Playing for Liverpool, with all the pressure and expectation, is tough. It’s a very demanding club.
“Jordan stayed and toughed it out. It’s in difficult situations like that you learn a lot about the type of player and the type of character someone is.
“He knuckled down and worked even harder. He’s a true professional and a very strong character.
“Every day he’s in the gym doing extra work. He doesn’t drink and he looks after himself. He has made a lot of sacrifices to play well for this club.”