Henderson praises Gerrard: Can he replace the Liverpool legend in the future?

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The pair have been partnered in the centre of the Anfield club’s midfield of late, and the former Sunderland star will hope to learn from the experienced Kop star.

One of the perceived benefits in Brendan Rodgers switching to a 3-5-2 formation at Liverpool is the change in position of Jordan Henderson.

The former Sunderland star has overcome rumblings of an Anfield exit to push his way back into the Northern Irish manager’s thoughts, but has had to play a considerable amount of his football on the right flank as a result.

However, in the new team layout, Henderson has been playing alongside Steven Gerrard in the heart of the team, with the Reds starting the new campaign in impressive form.

The experienced England international netted his 100th Premier League goal against Newcastle on Saturday, and Henderson has been full of praise for Gerrard.

“I look at him and still think that he must be my age,” Henderson admitted.

“He is up and down the pitch all day long. The way he is playing he still has another 10 years ahead of him.

“He has so much football left because he is so fit. But that’s because he has done it right all of his life. He is always there after training in the gym.

“He has looked after his body and you can see the benefit.”

As Henderson states, Gerrard still looks as accomplished as anyone in his position in the Premier League, and Liverpool will rely on the stalwart’s considerable talents in their quest for top-four football this term.

However, in the long run the realism is that Gerrard will not be the same player as the Kop have been accustomed to worshipping as age takes its toll, and the Merseyside club will need a new driving force in the heart of their team as a result.

With Rodgers signing the likes of Kolo Toure and Mamadou Sakho to replace retired hero Jamie Carragher, Rodgers will have to formulate a plan to do likewise with Gerrard in a couple of season’s time.

As with all top clubs, the temptation to bring in a foreign star as a replacement will be there for Liverpool, but in Henderson they have a player that looks like he could step into the breach.

The former Sunderland man has shown energy, dynamism and an improved range of passing this term, and as he plays alongside Gerrard will only get better. Gerrard will instil the Liverpool ethos into his potential successor and Henderson has the ability to become an important man for the club, even with the 100-capped England man still in the team.

The challenge for Henderson in the short term will be to keep his place in the starting XI, with Lucas Leiva and Joe Allen ready to rival him for a place, but if he can grow under Gerrard’s stewardship he could well be the man to replace the Liverpool legend as the Reds’ talisman in a couple of years.

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