Steven Gerrard gives his verdict on Jordan Henderson possibly becoming Liverpool captain

Jordan Henderson is the front runner to succeed Steven Gerrard as the Liverpool captain.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has backed Jordan Henderson to take over the role when he departs the club at the end of the season.

Whoever took over the role was going to have big shoes to fill, and after he was appointed vice-captain at the start of the season, as well as taking the armband on a few occasions so far this term, and seems to be the preferred choice of manager Brendan Rodgers.

Gerrard told the Liverpool Echo: “He can become a great captain for this club. He’s a fantastic player for me to hand the armband over to.

“I’ve got great respect for Jordan Henderson and I know everyone else at the club feels the same.”

Whenever you watch Liverpool close up, it is clear that Henderson has become one of the side's leaders on the pitch and his voice can be heard more often or not. Even Gerrard hasn't escaped the odd telling off from the midfielder who joined the club from Sunderland three-and-a-half years ago.

Gerrard added: “He was a Sunderland boy and moving to Liverpool was his first time out of the area. It was a big move at a young age.

“Playing for Liverpool, with all the pressure and expectation, is tough. It’s a very demanding club.

“Jordan stayed and toughed it out. It’s in difficult situations like that you learn a lot about the type of player and the type of character someone is.

“He knuckled down and worked even harder. He’s a true professional and a very strong character."

Undoubtedly Henderson has improved as a player since he arrived, and his form last season was excellent as he became a key member of the side, with Rodgers continuing to take advantage of his versatility and energy that he brings to the side - though like many members of the side this term, he probably hasn't reached the heights of last term.

There doesn't seem to be a better candidate for Liverpool's next captain. There are a couple of members of the team who have captaincy experience before. Mamadou Sakho was the youngest captain of Paris Saint Germain, Martin Skrtel has worn the armband before as well out of the regular first team players.

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