Liverpool morning news, Henderson named vice-captain, Gerrard's European target

A selection of the latest stories involving Liverpool Football Club this Tuesday morning.

Liverpool named Jordan Henderson as the club's new vice-captain last night after the departure of Daniel Agger this summer. 

Manager Brendan Rodgers said that Henderson is 'someone who represents what the club is all about' on announcing the 24-year-old as Steven Gerrard's deputy.

He told the Liverpool website: "Jordan is completely dedicated to the game and his leadership qualities come from the example he sets. It's another great story for Jordan in his journey as a Liverpool player and it shows the great progress he has made.

"For club and country he holds himself really well, he's got great stature and I believe he will be an important player here for years to come."

The Liverpool boss is also quoted in the Liverpool Echo on Henderson's appointment, saying: “I said to him he would be the moral conscience of the team. Him and Stevie are the moral compass of our group. How they conduct themselves on and off the field – how they train, how they work.”

Steven Gerrard has been speaking to the Daily Mail ahead of Liverpool's return to the Champions League this evening, as the Reds take on Ludogorets in their Group B opener at Anfield.

Gerrard has said the club will be 'majorly disappointed' if they don't make it out of their group - which also contains FC Basel and reigning European champions Real Madrid.

The Liverpool captain said: "This isn’t a reward for finishing second last year. I don’t see it as a reward. This is where Liverpool should be — and should be consistently. It’s the responsibility of myself and the players to give it our best crack. It is important that we have got the Champions League next year as well.

"The players who haven’t sampled this and then get a taste of it — once they have had that taste I know they are going to love it. Hopefully, it will drive them on to want to keep it at Liverpool for a long time to come."

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