Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has said he’s ready to replace Steven Gerrard as captain next season, should he be asked to do so by Brendan Rodgers and the Reds management.
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Henderson, who celebrates his 25th birthday today, was our vice-captain last season. He enjoyed a lengthy spell as skipper during the second-half of the season, while Gerrard was injured, and impressed with the armband.
Rodgers is yet to make a decision on who will replace his long-serving marshal during our next campaign, although Henderson is the heavy favourite – as the Liverpool Echo reports.
Asked about the possibility of taking over the role, he said: “I’ve always wanted to take more responsibility, especially at the stage of my career I’m at.
“I feel I’m getting a bit older now, a bit more mature and of course I want to take more responsibility for the team but at the same time, I think it’s up to all of us as a team to take more responsibility on the pitch and make sure we put in good performances.
“When I’ve been vice-captain I’ve just tried to do my best for the team as I always have and to learn as much as I can from Stevie, like I have from when I first came to the club. But we’ve got a lot of captains and a lot of leaders in the dressing room so I’m sure whoever he [Rodgers] picks, the lads will be right behind him.”
He added: “I think I’ve learned a lot from Steven. I have from when I first came to the club, he’s been a huge role model and leader to all of us. All of us have learned a lot from him; just being with him every day, training with him every day, you learn a lot from him.”
The former Sunderland man joined the Reds in 2011 and has since made 186 appearances in all competitions, scoring 20 times in the process. He featured in all but one of our top flight games last season and was arguably one of our standout players, finding the net on six occasions and inspiring us to within touching distance of the top four.