Saturday 24 March 2018

Jordan Henderson is officially the new Steven Gerrard

Jordan Henderson and Steven Gerrard
Jordan Henderson and Steven Gerrard

Chris Bascombe

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

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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