Phil Neville hails Liverpool's Jordan Henderson as 'a manager's dream'

The former Manchester United defender believes the England international is one of the best all-round midfielders in the Premier League and a Reds captain in the making.

Phil Neville has lavished praise on Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson after his performance in Wednesday night’s 2-0 Premier League win over Burnley.

Neville was speaking on Match of the Day after witnessing Henderson inspire his side to three points at Anfield with an all-action midfield performance, scoring and setting up another to extend his side’s unbeaten run to 12 top-flight matches.

Standing in as captain for the injured Steven Gerrard, the England international smashed in a spectacular long-range effort in the 29th-minute, before crossing for Daniel Sturridge to head in the second just after the break.

The goal was Henderson’s second in as many matches, having also netted in the weekend’s 2-0 home win over Manchester City, and Neville has been more than impressed with his recent form.

After coaching him in the England Under-21 setup in the past, the former Manchester United defender is well aware of his qualities and, with Gerrard heading off to MLS in the summer, believes Brendan Rodgers has found the man to wear the armband for the long-term.

“I don’t like making comparisons to Steven Gerrard but I’ve worked with this kid and he’s a manager’s dream,” Neville said on Wednesday night.

“He can play anywhere on the field, never moans and what he’s doing now is proving a big leader.

“He’s making an impact in big games, he’s improved his passing and scored a fantastic goal [against Burnley].

“He’s adding goals to his game and he’s actually improving every time I see him. He seems to be growing in confidence and I really think he is the perfect captain in the making.”

Henderson, 24, signed from Sunderland in June 2011 and, after getting over a slow start to life at Liverpool, has since made 173 total appearances for the club, while adding 18 goals and 28 assists.

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