Liverpool’s legendary former captain Steven Gerrard wants fans to rally behind the current skipper Jordan Henderson, he told our friends at The Anfield Wrap.
Gerrard departed in summer 2015 to join LA Galaxy and Henderson took his armband, but since the younger Englishman was made permanent skipper – injuries have stunted his progression.
So much so, many fans have become frustrated with his role in the team, and have questioned whether he should be in the starting XI at all…
Gerrard though has urged us to have faith and give Henderson the support he deserves this coming campaign.
“I think we all need to get behind Jordan. The manager, the staff and the fans. He had a very difficult year last year with injuries, I’ve been there when you’re injured and frustrated,” the Champions League winner began.
“It affects your confidence and you’re desperate to get back. (You see) other players coming in and doing well, people are doubting you and saying that we should move him on. I’ve heard it all.
“But if we all get behind Henderson and he finds his top form he can be a very big asset for Klopp this year.
“I’m hoping he starts the season strong, gets his confidence early and I think he will be a big player for us. I just want everyone to get behind him and give him that chance.”
When Gerrard speaks, Liverpool should listen. Henderson earned the captaincy through his performances on the field and his passion – and it’s important to remember that his traits actually suit Jurgen Klopp’s footballing ethos perfectly.
He works solely for the team, never gives up and presses opponents like there’s no tomorrow. It was fitness and not a lack of ability which affected Henderson last year.
Whether Klopp wants to use him in a 4-3-3 or centrally in a 4-2-3-1, there’s a spot for our captain if he can prove his fitness this pre-season and approach the campaign as he did in 2013/14.
Remember how brilliant he was then, Reds…?