Jordan Henderson is set to take over Steven Gerrard’s role as Liverpool captain.
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The England international was made vice-captain last season, and on many occasions was handed the Reds armband during Steven Gerrard’s absence – in what was a significant sign that Brendan Rodgers may have already determined who would become the new skipper in the 2015-16 campaign.
According to Liverpool Echo journalist, the clues were correct, as Henderson is set to be awarded the Anfield captaincy – shrugging off competition from experienced summer signing James Milner for the honour – and the decision will be confirmed on Friday.
Jordan Henderson expected to be confirmed as Liverpool’s new captain on Friday. Will take armband on permanent basis from Steven Gerrard.
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) July 9, 2015
The Mirror state that the former Sunderland midfielder will lead his side for the first time against Thai All Stars on Tuesday, as the Merseyside heavyweights kick off their pre-season tour of Asia and Australia.
The 25-year-old impressed last season – scoring six goals and registering nine assists in the Premier League – but it was his leadership and responsibility in the centre of the park that really earned the plaudits.
Martin Skrtel may too have been a contender for the captaincy; however, few can argue that Henderson isn’t deserving of the accolade.