Liverpool legend John Wark spoke exclusively to HITC Sport and explained that Jordan Henderson isn’t the right player to replace Steven Gerrard in Liverpool’s midfield next season.
The club's midfield talisman is moving on at the end of the season, and there is a decision to be made on whether he can be replaced from within the Anfield ranks, or if a new recruit is needed.
Wark – who proved his doubters wrong when he first arrived at Liverpool – doesn’t think that Henderson has enough quality to fill the void that will be left by the Liverpool captain straight away, with Gerrard still proving a key member of the squad in his now reduced role, scoring the winner against Queens Park Rangers after missing a penalty.
He said: “Personally I don’t think Henderson is good enough to replace Gerrard at the moment.”
“For me Stevie Gerrard has been carrying Liverpool for the past few years, but Jordan has come in and started to do really well, but he isn’t a Gerrard, and I don’t think he every will be.”
Whilst the former Ipswich Town player doesn’t think Henderson is ready to replace him yet, he does think the 24-year-old has shown improvements this season, and has been one of the better performers in a squad that has largely struggled this campaign.
He has scored seven goals this campaign and may improve further next season, but Brendan Rodgers also needs to worry about strengthening his defence and bringing in new striking options, and it is that reason Wark thinks Henderson may be worth a gamble.
He said: “If you went through the team and rated them all you’d give Henderson an eight, but he still needs more goals, not just him but all of the midfield, but the fans like him and he’s got a good attitude.
“He’s shown enough recently to be given a chance to prove himself and show that he can do it because he has improved.”