Former Liverpool star praises Jordan Henderson

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Jason McAteer thinks Henderson is the perfect candidate to replace La Galaxy bound Steven Gerrard.

Former Liverpool midfielder Jason McAteer has backed Jordan Henderson to take over the Liverpool captaincy, according to talkSport.

The England midfielder is currently vice-captain to Steven Gerrard, but looks set to replace his teammate when the long-serving midfielder joins MLS side La Galaxy in the summer.

Now McAteer has backed the 24-year-old to take up the captain’s mantle when club icon Gerrard departs for America, believing he is more than capable of doing the job having thrived as the vice-captain this year.

“I think the armband has done him the world of good,” McAteer told the Weekend Sports Breakfast.

“[After being named] vice-captain he’s really leading by example. He knows now people are looking at him to take on the mantle from Steven Gerrard and that’s a massive pressure to say to someone ‘listen, you’re going to fill those boots’.”

He has also praised the midfielder’s determination to prove himself at Anfield, despite it looking like he was surplus to requirements when Brendan Rodgers arrived from Swansea in 2012.

Henderson was reportedly being used as a makeweight in part of a potential deal to sign Clint Dempsey from Fulham, but has since gone on to become one of Liverpool’s key players.

“What I love about Jordan Henderson is, I felt when Brendan Rodgers came into the club Jordan had become surplus to requirements and he wasn’t quite fitting in,” he said.

“But he went about his business really well and wasn’t banging on the doors and wasn’t on the back pages of newspapers. He went on with his business and got back into the team.”

The former midfielder went on to say that Henderson was Liverpool’s unsung hero as they finished second in the Premier League behind Manchester City last year, with star players Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge taking most of the acclaim thanks to their goals and stand out performances.

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