Liverpool star claims leadership comes 'naturally' for Henderson

Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson and Simon Mignolet

Jordan Henderson has played a key role in Liverpool's rise up the league in recent weeks.

The acclaim for Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has been swelling in recent times, and teammate Adam Lallana got behind the former Sunderland man in an interview with Talksport.

Henderson scored his third goal in as many games in the narrow win over Swansea earlier in the week, and with the energetic midfield man captain on each occasion, it's not a surprise to see stronger and stronger claims for Henderson to take the armband on a permanent basis once Steven Gerrard departs for LA Galaxy at the end of the season.

It certainly looks like Henderson has got the backing of his teammates, with former Southampton star Lallana bestowing praise on the 24-year-old, a player who knows what it takes to skipper a club after his time at the Saints.

26-year-old Lallana has made 34 appearances this season since his summer switch from the South Coast, where Lallana had captained his boyhood club for a couple of seasons.

The England international talked up his international teammate, stating Henderson has more than proved his qualities as a skipper in the games where regular Liverpool captain has been missing.

“He has definitely got the attributes to be a successful captain,” Lallana told Adrian Durham on Talksport.

“He has proved when Stevie has not been fit or not been playing that he has got the qualities and attributes to lead the team.

“It is quite natural [for him] really. It isn’t something he works on. Being a captain is something you grow into. We all look up to him because he is a respectful player and lad.”

With Liverpool on a five-game winning run, Gerrard may even struggle to reclaim a starting position in time for this weekend's match with Manchester United, meaning Henderson is set to lead out Liverpool once more.

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