Former Arsenal star Ray Parlour commented on what he’s noticed about Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson when he’s taken the captain’s armband, as he co-hosted talkSPORT’s breakfast show.
With Steven Gerrard leaving Liverpool at the end of the season, Henderson is an obvious candidate to come into the side and replace him as captain.
“Jordan Henderson has really stepped up – he’s the player who has really enjoyed being skipper,” said Parlour.
“I think he’s enjoyed being a leader on the pitch, he’s got better and better.
“There were a few doubts when he moved – but certainly now he’s growing into a top class midfielder.”
Henderson is almost doing the thinking for Brendan Rodgers in the best possible way, which is leading by example in big games.
The fact that in some of Liverpool’s recent performance it hasn’t been noticeable that Steven Gerrard hasn’t been on the pitch is a tribute to how well Henderson has taken to the challenge of leading the team.
Henderson will be presented with a number of different challenges if he’s given the role looking ahead to next season, but they are all exciting and ones he should be looking forward to.
There are other players who are better in terms of their pace and their technique but Henderson is arguably the club’s most important midfielder.
He’s important because he’s versatile and because he’s not afraid to do what every captain should; take a challenge full on and give teammates the confidence that they’ll prevail.
More of the same over the rest of the season will only improve Liverpool’s chances of a top four finish.