Rodgers praised Henderson after a tunnel bust-up with Diego Costa following the League Cup draw with Chelsea this week.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has not-so-subtly hinted that midfielder Jordan Henderson will be his next Anfield captain after the departure of current incumbent Steven Gerrard at the end of the season.
He spoke about Henderson’s role in a tunnel bust up following the fractious 1-1 draw against Chelsea in the Capital One Cup this week.
Henderson has worn the armband when Gerrard has been left out of the team in recent weeks and his industrious, energetic midfield drive makes him the obvious choice as captain if Rodgers is looking for a player, like Gerrard, who finds himself at the centre of the action each week.
Rodgers defended his man’s role in the clash with Blues striker Diego Costa following the Anfield draw on Tuesday night, whilst he also spoke about Henderson’s suitability for the captaincy and praised his leadership qualities:
“He feels it is the representation of an iconic club that over the years has had many great captains and vice-captains,” the Northern Irishman was quoted by the Mirror.
“Watching Steven closely in his time, he will understand why I have given him it and the leadership qualities that are demanded. He will only grow and get better from it.”
Henderson captained the side for the final 20 minutes against Jose Mourinho’s side at Anfield, once Gerrard was replaced, and it is looking increasingly likely that he will have the armband for good come the end of the campaign.