Jordan Henderson names Liverpool legend as 'biggest influence'

Jordan Henderson has been touted as the long-term successor to Steven Gerrard.

Henderson was one of the Reds key performers last season, with his presence in midfield taking the pressure off the ageing legs of Gerrard.

Named as vice captain by Brendan Rodgers, many believe that the former Sunderland man will take over from Gerrard when the 34-year-old finally retires, and he has even been touted as a potential England captain in the future.

At the age of just 24, Henderson has many years left to develop, but he has not been taking the strides expected of him this season. Fatigue appears to have set in, both physical and mental, and his passing and tackling are less precise than last season. He seems unwilling to throw his presence around the pitch in the manner shown last term - with the season-ending red card suffered at the close of the campaign weighing heavy on his mind - and he has been held largely responsible for the Reds dip in form.

Despite this, he has still been a consistent presence across both the Premier League and Champions League, and he will be hoping to pick up his form after a disappointing spell - much like Gerrard did last season.

The ageing midfielder put in a string of performances that mirrored him at his peak, overcoming calls that he should be dropped, and Henderson would be wise to listen to his advice, having admitted that Gerrard has been his idol since he was a youngster.

Quoted by the official Liverpool website, the 24-year-old said: “I'd probably have to say Steven has been the biggest influence on my career so far.

“I watched him when I was younger and then to go on and play with him and train with him every day was massive for me. It still is now.”

Henderson will be hoping to kick-start his season, and the Reds’ season, this weekend, with Liverpool travelling to Crystal Palace on Sunday.

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