Former Liverpool player Michael Owen has told BT Sport that he believes Jordan Henderson is similar to Steven Gerrard in the skills he brings as a captain to Jurgen Klopp’s team.
The Reds were knocked out of the Champions League last night as Atletico Madrid produced a stunning comeback to win 3-2.
Diego Simeone’s team were two goals down and going out on aggregate but a brace from Marcos Llorente and a goal from Alvaro Morata sent the holders packing.
Liverpool captain Henderson returned to the side and Owen believes he has proved people wrong.
He told BT Sport: “It’s impossible to compare anyone to Steven Gerrard but as a captain, then I think you can draw comparisons.
“He’s grown into this role unbelievably well. You talk to people that knew him a few years ago, I’m talking 5-10 years ago, they never really saw him growing into what he actually it.
“He’s very impressive, he’s very vocal around the place. Of course, Steven Gerrard as a player, there’s no comparison. As a captain, wow, he’s doing brilliant.”
Henderson signed for Liverpool for £20 million in 2011. Since arriving he has played 359 times for the Reds and last season lifted the Champions League.
He has grown into his time at the club having been forced to convince some supporters when he first signed from Sunderland.
Henderson probably is the closest Liverpool have to Gerrard in terms of a captain and he’s relishing the responsibility.
In a few weeks time, the 29-year-old will become the first Liverpool captain to lift a Premier League title.
Like him or not, nobody will ever be able to take that away from him for the rest of his career.