Gerrard: This Liverpool star will replace me when I retire

Steven Gerrard

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard believes that Jordan Henderson will prove to be an adequate replacement for him when he retires from football.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard believes that Jordan Henderson will takeover his role when he retires. 

Henderson was appointed as vice-captain by Brendan Rodgers last week and Gerrard has backed his manager's decision.

The Reds legend feels that Henderson has the ability to become the main-man at Anfield in the future and says that he was the right choice to place as second in command. 

"It's very well deserved and it's no surprise to me," Gerrard told Liverpool's official site. "I'm sure he'll be the main man - the club captain - in a few years when I have gone.

"He epitomises everything that a captain is. He works hard on and off the pitch. He's well-liked in the dressing room. He leads by example and, let's not forget, he's a top player as well."

The news of Henderson's appointment capped off what has been a remarkable turn around for him on Anfield.

When he was brought to the club, many insisted that they had overpaid by expending £20 million to sign him from Sunderland.

However, his displays in recent times have proven all of his critics wrong and his energy is a vital component of Liverpool's midfield and dressing room now. 

Henderson was one of the major reasons that the side returned to the top four last season and he will be determined to push on to even greater heights this time around after this recognition of his talents.

The England international should be buoyed by the words from his manager and captain in recent times and his confidence is likely to be at an all-time high. 

The rest of the squad's morale may be slightly lower, though. The Reds have looked rather average over their first few competitive fixtures of the season and will know that they need to improve if they are to make it back into the Champions League spots in May. 

Rodgers' side take on West Ham United on Saturday, and they will be determined to pick up the three points to elevate themselves up the table and bounce back from a defeat to Aston Villa. 

Register for LIVERPOOL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch