We compare the performances of the Liverpool duo to see if Henderson really can replace the Liverpool captain.
In the not too distant future, there is going to be a big shift in the waters at Liverpool Football Club.
With long-serving captain, and club legend, Steven Gerrard set to depart for America and a last hurrah with La Galaxy, his club will need to replace their talisman.
Replacing such a stalwart will be no mean feat for Brendan Rodgers, and it’s arguable that the former England captain is leaving big boots, full of expectation, that will need to be filled.
One man who seems to be top of the list to replace him is Jordan Henderson. After enduring a rocky start to his Liverpool career, the former Sunderland man has shone under Rodgers, now standing as vice-captain and improving all the time.
In fact, so impressive have Henderson’s performances been this season, especially in their last two games, wins over Manchester City and Burnley in which he scored two wonder goals to open the scoring, many have started to say he is shoe in to replace Gerrard in the summer.
With that in mind, we decided to compare the two midfielder’s performances this season to see who comes out on top.
First and foremost, Gerrard has always been known for his passing and ability to set up chances goals for his teammates, so they’re the statistics we’ll start with, and surprisingly Henderson comes out on top. Currently he has seven assists compared to one for his captain, while he has also registered more attacking assists as well.
He also comes out in the passing department as well, registering more accurate passes, 1305 to 997, while his successful final third passes are also higher than the current Liverpool captain, 350 to 240.
Not to be beaten entirely though, Gerrard has more goals than Henderson, six compared to four, while he has also registered slightly more attacking attempts than his teammate, with 38 compared to 35.
Remarkably then, Henderson has managed to come out on top in most of the categories. If the England man can manage to up his goal tally, and get on the attack a little more as well, it appears Liverpool will have little trouble replacing their long-serving star after all.