Jordan Henderson names the biggest influence on his career

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Vice-captain lauds Steven Gerrard for role in his development…

Midfielder Jordan Henderson reckons that more than any other person, Steven Gerrard has helped him become the player he is today, he told FATV.

Henderson joined Liverpool in 2011, and his skipper has been a superb role model, with the 24-year-old now likely to take his captaincy once Gerrard eventually hangs up his boots.

“I’d probably have to say Steven has been the biggest influence on my career so far,” Henderson claims.

“I watched him when I was younger and then to go on and play with him and train with him every day was massive for me. It still is now.”

The pair formed the backbone of Liverpool’s wonderful side in 2013/14, and despite playing regularly together this season, they’ve not been able to recapture the same form.

Gerrard has been more heavily marked which has allowed him less time to control tempo and spray passes, while Henderson’s passing has been sloppier than we’ve come to expect.

Henderson could still play against Crystal Palace on Sunday alongside Gerrard – although he’s suffering with a very slight hamstring problem picked up with England on international duty.


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