Photos: The future? - Jordan Henderson captains Liverpool to victory in Steven Gerrard's absence

Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson and Simon Mignolet

The Liverpool captain came off at half-time with a hamstring problem.

Liverpool fans have had a stressful start to 2015 after it became clear that Steven Gerrard would be leaving the club in the summer to pursue a different venture abroad.

The Liverpool captain and legend is set to head Stateside for a move to Major League Soccer with LA Galaxy when his contract expires at the end of the season.

The attention has now switched to how exactly Liverpool go about replacing him. Not only do they need a new central midfielder, but they will need a new captain as well.

The first name that appears to be doing the rounds is that of fellow England international Jordan Henderson. The midfielder has been tipped for the role, with Gerrard himself discussing the matter earlier in the week. He 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.”

Well today Liverpool fans got a sneak peek of such a future.

Gerrard had to come off for Liverpool at half-time with a hamstring injury and therefore the armband was passed to Henderson for the second half of their 1-0 win against Sunderland.

At this moment, with Gerrard's departure now confirmed, it is a little glimpse into the potential future at Anfield.

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