Jordan Henderson: the future Liverpool captain worthy of his new role

Liverpool FC - Seeing Is Believing - Jordan Henderson

After Steven Gerrard retires, the newly appointed vice-captain seems the ideal figure to take over the responsibility from a club legend.

Liverpool last night announced that Jordan Henderson will be their vice-captain which has been well received by many supporters and ex-players. It's of little wonder. 

Henderson's time at Liverpool and his progress sums up the club's development under Brendan Rodgers. He almost went to Fulham - a side that was relegated from the Premier League last season - but decided to fight for his place in the Liverpool team. 

Ever since his energy, pressing, passing ability and end product have all improved remarkably, and his versatility makes him - seemingly - an irreplaceable asset to the Liverpool team. The talent was there in his first season under Kenny Dalglish, but he has grown up so much from that season when it seemed easy for his confidence to be knocked.

Following the departure of Daniel Agger - one of the more senior players in the Liverpool team - Brendan Rodgers has had to think of a worthy number two. Martin Skrtel has captained the side in the past, as has Lucas Leiva but the latter will have his first team options limited, and there's no guarantee that Skrtel will play every game for the Reds this season.

But what has gone unnoticed in the wider world is just how much of a talker Henderson is. He's not been afraid to shout when needed, he's a commanding presence on the park - and even Steven Gerrard has been on the end of a few choice words from the 24-year-old when needed. That attribute alone shows he is a worthy deputy to Liverpool's talisman - but he hasn't been shy in question refereeing decisions as well, a figure which the side seemed to lack on the field.

After a start to his Liverpool career where he was a more maligned figure, he has learned some invaluable lessons, and in such a young side, he is a shining example to players coming through the academy - something which Brendan Rodgers emphasised himself. 

His transformation has been sensational, and his character has grown. In the years to come, Liverpool are going to really found out just how valuable a player Henderson is to their side. This latest acknowledgement is just another step on the rod of him potentially becoming one of the top Liverpool players. 

There is going to be a day when Steven Gerrard hangs up his boots, and someone has to take up the task of leading the club after such a big figure. Right now, it's hard to think of a better person to lead them than Henderson.

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