Jordan Henderson discusses the challenges he faces as Liverpool captain

Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson and Simon Mignolet

Jordan Henderson has inherited the Liverpool captaincy from Steven Gerrard.

Newly-appointed Liverpool captain, Jordan Henderson, has been speaking to the club's official website of his pride at having taken the armband from club legend Steven Gerrard.

Henderson was the man to fill in for Gerrard last season as vice-captain, and at times starred when given the added responsibility.

He told the official Liverpool website: "I wouldn’t say it feels normal because I’m not used to being captain of such a big club but at the same time I learned a lot from when Stevie [Gerrard] was here.

"Then last season when he was out of the team I had a good experience of trying to lead the team as best I could when he wasn’t there.

"I think that experience helped us a lot even though it was only for a short space of time. I try to do the best I can, whether that is on the football pitch or off the pitch, trying to help everyone and trying to lead by example."

The 25-year-old has said that he still needs to find his own way of doing things, realises that he has big shoes to fill and that he will have to help out the younger members of the squad now that he is seen as the leader of the side. 

The current Liverpool side is a young one and experience seems pretty thin on the ground. The more senior members of the squad are the likes of Kolo Toure, Martin Skrtel and summer signing James Milner.

"Obviously I’m taking more responsibility on as much as I can and just trying to help all of the lads, including the new lads and the younger lads, settle in as well as they can," added Henderson.

"I think I’ve got a role to play in terms of helping them, making them feel welcome in just a normal environment for them really."

It's likely to be a huge season in the career of Jordan Henderson, but he received a lot of praise for the manner in which he captained the side in the absence of Gerrard last term - even managing to pop up with important goals, just as his predecessor did before him.

Now, there is no shadow or man lurking in the background, it is completely down to him, though he will be looking for help from other members of the team who are regarded as leaders. 

A big season for the club and the player - it could well be making of Liverpool's new skipper.

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