Jordan Henderson on how working with Steven Gerrard has benefited him

Steven Gerrard Celebrates

Liverpool's recently appointed vice-captain has a lot to thank the club skipper for.

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has said he has learned to deal with disappointment better ever since he moved to Anfield from Sunderland, and started working alongside Steven Gerrard.

In an interview with the club's magazine, Henderson said Gerrard is probably the best captain in the game after seeing how hard the Liverpool captain works and the way he conducts himself.

He said: "Being around him has benefited me a lot. It's been huge. Every day I watch him. It's his desire to improve. He's been the best and most influential player here for such a long time but he still wants to get better.

"He's a genuinely nice person and everybody in the squad knows they can go to him. The most important thing is he puts the team in front of everybody else including himself. The most important thing is the team.

"At the end of the day you can't change what's happened. You can only influence what happens in the future. As long as you learn from mistakes, you'll be fine.

"When we have a bad result or I have a bad performance, it isn't nice. It hurts, it ruins your evening. But the next day you've got to move on, taking the negatives and the positives."

Henderson knows he is in prime position to take over the captaincy at Anfield when the time comes for Steven Gerrard to hang up his boots, having been appointed as the Reds' vice-captain earlier on in the season - in recognition of his growing presence in the dressing room, and importance as a player to the Liverpool side. 

Gerrard has now been captain for the club for 11 years during a time when the Reds have had five different manager in Gerard Houllier, Rafa Benitez, Roy Hodgson, Kenny Dalglish, and now Brendan Rodgers. The 34-year-old has lifted the Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup during that time but there is the League title still eludes him, and after the painful way last season's chance slipped away, the Reds' skipper will still have something driving him on to improve every day.

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