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Curtis Jones can be long-term Liverpool successor to Jordan Henderson

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Curtis Jones can be long-term Liverpool successor to Jordan Henderson

Liverpool were left with a colossal task when Steven Gerrard left Anfield in 2015, as they lost arguably the club’s greatest ever player and best ever captain in one blow.

But the Reds managed to discover a new leader in Jordan Henderson, who has been instrumental as his successor and has been a talisman for Jurgen Klopp’s team with the armband on.

Henderson isn’t a marquee star like some of his teammates, but there is no doubt he demands the respect of his colleagues and has been colossal in the club’s rise during recent seasons.

The 29-year-old midfielder got to lift the Champions League trophy last season, while this campaign his form is at an all-time high and he’s helped the Merseyside club to get within touching distance of the Premier League title.

There is no reason why he shouldn’t have a few more years at the top after reaching his peak, but it’s worth considering who could end up being his successor as captain.

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Curtis Jones became Liverpool’s youngster ever skipper this season in February when he lead the first-team out in an FA Cup fourth-round replay against Shrewsbury.

 

The 19-year-old is a rising talent to come through the club’s academy and is a local lad playing for his boyhood team.

He’s taken on the responsibility of the Under-23s captain this campaign, plus he’s played nine senior matches so far in his career.

The England Under-19 international already looks every bit a leader when he steps onto the pitch and is a skilful central midfielder with a major goal threat.

Liverpool fans must be careful not to get too excited about the rising talent, but there is a strong case to suggest he gets a more important first-team role next season and is integrated to the main group.

Klopp should take the midfield playmaker under his wing and look to mould him into future captain material.

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