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Jordan Henderson is officially the new Steven Gerrard

Chris Bascombe

Published 09/07/2015 | 18:13

Jordan Henderson and Steven Gerrard
Jordan Henderson and Steven Gerrard

Jordan Henderson has been named Liverpool’s captain, replacing Steven Gerrard.

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Gerrard’s departure to LA Galaxy in the summer created a vacancy, and after deliberating the succession Brendan Rodgers has turned to the England midfielder.

Henderson was the vice-captain last season and it was widely expected he would be promoted to the role full-time. However, the delay in confirmation prompted speculation Rodgers was biding his time depending on who he signed ahead of the new season, with new signing James Milner also a candidate.

With Liverpool preparing for their first pre-season game in Bangkok on Tuesday, Henderson now knows he will have the armband.

It has been a transformation in Henderson’s career, not least as three years ago he was offered the chance to leave Anfield and join Fulham as part of a deal that would have brought Clint Dempsey to the club.

Henderson rejected the move and vowed to prove himself to Rodgers, and has been an ever-present since breaking back into the starting line-up in the manager’s first season.

The 25-year-old joined Liverpool under 2011, signed from Sunderland for £18 million. He is now well established in the England line-up, too.

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