Jordan Henderson Not Guaranteed Liverpool Captaincy When Steven Gerrard Departs

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England star not certain to take the armband.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed that midfielder Jordan Henderson is not guaranteed the captaincy when Steven Gerrard leaves at the end of the season, according to the Daily Express.

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The current vice-skipper had been tipped to take over from the Anfield legend next season when he leaves for a new chapter of his career with MLS giants LA Galaxy.

Henderson has recently began to show the qualities necessary to be a success at Liverpool since his £20m transfer, taking up media duties to match up to the responsibility he’s shown on the pitch.

His performances this season in particular have singled him out for praise during what has so far been a poor season by the club’s standards, as they struggle to contend for a place in next season’s Champions League.

However, Rodgers has hinted that he is not guaranteed the armband next season, though he did point out some of the qualities that would make him an ideal candidate.

“This is a guy who at the end of last season, when we were in for the title and he was suspended for three games after his sending-off against Manchester City, without telling anyone, went to a club official and offered to do all the media commitments so the others could concentrate on their game,” Rodgers said of Henderson.

“He didn’t want any glory for it. He was thinking of the team, of all his colleagues who were undertaking a really important spell and he wanted to absorb their duties so they could focus on football.

“That’s the type of young man he is. In my time here, he’s grown from not just a top-class young player who can only get better, as he embraces different systems and tactics, but he’s also developed as a leader, in part by watching Steven Gerrard in the role.

“And if he becomes the captain next season, he’ll carry it out with great honour.”

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