Adrian Clarke has suggested Jordan Henderson will never have the same impact as Steven Gerrard.
Clarke revealed that he feels Henderson will never reach the same level as current Reds skipper and club legend Steven Gerrard.
“I don’t think Henderson is ever going to reach the same heights as Gerrard,” said Clarke.
Gerrard announced earlier this season that he’s not extending his deal with the club, committing to a move to LA Galaxy beyond this season.
Henderson has been touted as his natural long term successor, given the responsibility of the Liverpool captaincy on occasions by Brendan Rodgers.
It’s a little naïve to make a direct comparison between the two players because they are very different individuals.
Gerrard has been one of the most effective and consistent attacking midfield players throughout his career.
He’s not played as frequently this season but is still capable of producing pieces of midfield magic, which turn important games.
Henderson is more of a workhorse in the middle of the team and someone who is arguably Liverpool’s most versatile midfielder.
He’s more effective in a withdrawn role, but has shown in the past that he’s got the pace and power to be effective when going forward.
He should grow into the captaincy if he’s made permanent skipper beyond this season and it will be interesting to see how he deals with that responsibility.