The midfielder is leaving Anfield for LA Galaxy…
Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard believes his current teammate Jordan Henderson is the perfect player to replace him as club captain, reports the Liverpool Echo.
The England international was appointed vice-captain back in September, and looks set to follow in the club icon’s footsteps as the skipper of the Anfield based side. 34-year-old says that he has the respect of the whole dressing room after fighting for his place in the side since joining in 2011.
“I certainly believe Jordan has everything you need to be a great captain,” Gerrard said. “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.”
The former Sunderland ace endured a poor start as a player for the Merseyside club. However, has seen his stock rise in the last two seasons and is now a regular starter under manager Brendan Rodgers. The squad is apparently impressed by the way the midfielder does extra hours in the gym and doesn’t drink in order to play his best for the team.
“Initially, it was very difficult for Jordan,” he added. “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,” he continued.
“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.”
Gerrard moved to Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy on Tuesday, as he looks to play abroad for the first time in his career following the end of his days at Liverpool. Last season’s Premier League runners up decided to not offer the experienced midfielder a new contract, with his advancing years probably playing a part in the decision.