Former Liverpool midfielder, Jason McAteer, has claimed that people are right to be comparing Jordan Henderson to Steven Gerrard.
The current Reds skipper is on course to lift the Premier League title this season. That, of course, is something Gerrard never managed to do during his time at Anfield.
Henderson also led the Reds to Champions League glory last term. He memorably shared the moment with his father at pitchside following their win over Spurs.
And McAteer, who played for Liverpool in the 90s, believes Henderson has every right to be put alongside Gerrard.
“Critics spent years having a go at Jordan Henderson, saying that he would never be good enough to fill Steven Gerrard’s boots.
“But you can definitely compare them and their ability to drag their side over the line,” McAteer said. (Racing Post via Talksport)
Henderson has come in for high praise throughout the season. Indeed, calls are growing for Henderson to be given the player of the year award come seasons end.
And that is something McAteer backs, too.
“Steven Gerrard was the master of driving his team into the dirt and getting that one final push to get a result. And Jordan is every inch his match in terms of winning mentality,” he added.
“I’ve got nothing but admiration for Henderson, and he definitely gets my vote for Player of the Year.”
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I can see what McAteer is saying here and agree that Henderson deserves praise.
But Steven Gerrard was a once in a generation player. The easiest comparison to make is that Liverpool doesn’t win that Champions League in 2005 without Gerrard. The Reds last year, meanwhile, might well have succeeded without their current skipper.
Obviously, that is a hypothetical theory.
Henderson does, however, deserve mentioning alongside Gerrard when it comes to being the skipper at Anfield.
He leads his team exceptionally well and, in a team of talented individuals, epitomises what it is to be part of a winning team for the Anfield outfit.