Emre Can hails Jordan Henderson in the wake of Liverpool man's new contract

Can is pleased to have seen his teammate commit to another five years at Anfield.

Liverpool's Emre Can has hailed the progression made by Jordan Henderson during his time at the club after seeing the midfielder sign a new long-term contract on Thursday.

Henderson is tipped to become the Reds’ new captain in the summer, with Steven Gerrard set depart Anfield for MLS outfit LA Galaxy.

The German told the Liverpool website: "He has had the confidence shown in him and it's great that he has been able to captain the team. He has got a lot of qualities and you can see that on the training ground every day, as well as every game. He's deserved to be the captain."

Can has played much of his football for Liverpool in the defensive line this season and has had to earn his place in the Liverpool side, much like Henderson when he arrived from Sunderland. Henderson endured a difficult first season on Merseyside but seems to have grown into his role.

He added: "You can always go and talk to him. He is a great lad. He likes to have a laugh and a joke, but he also knows when it's time to be serious.

"He is more of a quiet character but when push comes to shove, he's not shy in coming forward in saying what has to be done."

One of the most memorable moments of Liverpool's season was the way Henderson stood up to Chelsea striker Diego Costa in the League Cup semi-final and gave him a very aggressive stare, with reports emerging that there was an altercation between the two in the tunnel after the game. Those actions further highlighted how the 24-year-old has become an important senior player for the Reds over the past couple of seasons.

It seems as though Can believes Henderson is now captain material, judging by what he has to say both in terms of his time deputising for Gerrard and what he brings to the side on and off the field.

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