Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has hailed the influence of the Reds’ captain Steven Gerrard, claiming he is the best captain in the game.
The 24-year-old was appointed vice-captain last month and many are expecting the former Sunderland midfielder to succeed the inspirational Gerrard.
“Stevie’s probably not only the best captain for Liverpool and before with England, but in the game itself,” Henderson is quoted as saying by the Daily Star.
“Being around him has benefited me a lot. It’s been huge. Every day I watch him. It’s his desire to improve.
“He’s been the best and most influential player here for such a long time but he still wants to get better. He takes training really seriously and sets the tone for how things should be. Everyone else follows. He does a lot of things that people on the outside don’t see. On the pitch he’s a great leader.
“You can see the goals, the passes and the tackles he makes; the way he inspires the team. But off the pitch he conducts himself brilliantly too. He’s a genuinely nice person and everybody in the squad knows they can go to him. The most important thing is he puts the team in front of everybody else including himself. The most important thing is the team.”
Henderson is now beginning to establish himself as a pivotal player to both club and country and he has made ten appearances in all competitions for Liverpool this season.
Gerrard praised the 24-year-old just last month and tipped the midfielder to be Liverpool captain after he retires.
“I think I see a lot of similarities between myself and the way I go about things day-to-day, and how Jordan does it as well.
“I’m not an in-your-face captain shouting for the sake of it in the dressing room. All these captains that rant and rave and try to knock the paint off a dressing room door, it is a load of nonsense.
“What matters is how you perform every day in training and matches, and what constructive information you can give your team mates one-to-one. That is what is important as a captain.”