Gerrard says Henderson should succeed him as captain

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The skipper names his understudy as his successor.

Steven Gerrard says that he thinks Jordan Henderson should succeed him as Liverpool captain when he leaves for LA Galaxy in the summer.

The news that the skipper will be leaving Anfield for MLS at the end of the season has come as a huge shock, but at least the club has time to plan for his departure.

One of the main things will be deciding who will take the armband from Gerrard and as his vice-captain currently the 34-year-old thinks Henderson is the perfect candidate for the job.

“I certainly believe Jordan has everything you need to be a great captain,” the club legend told the Liverpool Echo.

“He’s a fantastic professional who tries to lead by example in every training session and in every game.

“He has really grown as a player and is improving all the time with experience.

“He can become a great captain for this club. He’s a fantastic player for me to hand the armband over to.

“I’ve got great respect for Jordan Henderson and I know everyone else at the club feels the same.”

Henderson has really improved since struggling back in 2011 when he first arrived from Sunderland in a £20m deal.

At the time it looked to be another expensive gaffe for us, but Gerrard saw the potential of the midfielder and spent time becoming his mentor and helping him become an established star for club and country.

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