Martin Keown: Liverpool's Jordan Henderson can emulate this legendary Arsenal captain

Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson and Simon Mignolet

The former Arsenal defender believes Henderson is from the Patrick Vieira mould.

Liverpool are currently playing without injured captain Steven Gerrard, which is good practice for next season. Because from next season Liverpool will be without Gerrard, after he agreed a move to join MLS side Los Angeles Galaxy earlier in the year.

In his absence Jordan Henderson has captained the side and done wonderfully well. He has scored two in his last two games and is looking every bit like possessing the right tools for the job as a future Liverpool captain.

One man that believes so is former Arsenal defender Martin Keown.

He played with plenty of top captains down the years for Arsenal and England, with Tony Adams and Patrick Vieira the two standouts from his career.

Speaking to the Daily Mail today, he made it clear that he sees Henderson as more of a Vieira like captain:

"Tony [Adams] led from a very young age and that moulded him as a player. That made him really boss the team.

"With Patrick [Vieira], the captaincy was almost forced upon him. He probably didn’t think he was that type of person but he grew into the job magnificently.

"It’s the same with Henderson – he is growing in maturity as a person and a player because Rodgers seems to see the necessary qualities in him to lead. But all captains need drive and a determination to succeed.

"I think Henderson deserves that job.

"He is scoring goals like Gerrard and his assist for Sturridge was exceptional. He’s not as technically gifted as Gerrard but things are coming off for him instinctively and he would make a fine captain."

Henderson certainly appears to be the front runner for Liverpool captaincy when Gerrard does depart. He plays in a position suited for the armband role, is great at gelling the team together and is also a model professional off the pitch.

Some have called for Emre Can's credentials to be examined but surely, as of next season, Henderson will be the captain at Liverpool.

If he can have the same success Vieira did at Arsenal then he will have plenty of fans at Anfield.

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