Liverpool star Jordan Henderson doesn’t believe he’s the only candidate to replace Steven Gerrard…
Jordan Henderson has revealed his picks for the next Liverpool captain, as the Reds prepare for the summer departure of Steven Gerrard – who will join MLS side LA Galaxy at the end of the season.
The 24-year-old is the heavy favourite to take the armband, having captained the side in the absence of an injury Gerrard over the last month. He’s already our official vice captain, but he’s refusing to become complacent over his role.
Henderson, who joined Liverpool as a teenager from Sunderland in 2011, has been in fine form so far this season. He scored wonderful solo goals against both Manchester City and Burnley to inspire back-to-back Premier League victories, while he’s been an integral part of our unbeaten start to 2015.
The England international, who was quoted by the Daily Star, said: “Next season we’ll see what happens because it might not be me succeeding Stevie, it might be someone else.
“There are a lot of strong leaders in the dressing room. There are a lot of big characters in the team – down-to-earth, humble people. Mama (Sakho), Emre (Can) and Skerts (Martin Skrtel) have developed a strong collective understanding.
“You can see their passion, they’re desperate to win, they give everything. Studge (Daniel Sturridge) is a big character. Lucas (Leiva) is too. I can only do the current job the best I can.
Gerrard has been Liverpool’s leader in chief for over a decade, but after he announced his decision to leave us earlier this year, there has been plenty of speculation regarding who his replacement will be.
There have been plenty of comparisons made between Henderson and Gerrard in the past, and the former has been quick to reveal his admiration for the current skipper. He added: “Stevie’s the perfect captain really.
“He’s a leader on and off the field. He’s someone we all look up to. He always puts the team first. He’s very unselfish. When I became vice-captain, I tried to learn as much from him as I could.
“The thing I’ve probably learnt most from Stevie is the way he overcomes the disappointments. I think that defines you more than anything. I can relate to it. If I look back to my first season here, it wasn’t easy. But it made me stronger.”