Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has heaped praise on Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson during a recent interview with Scotzine.
Henderson has stepped up to take the armband and this season he has drawn comparisons from various pundits and supporters to the former Liverpool hero.
Gerrard spent pretty much his entire career at Anfield and lifted the Champions League in 2005.
Both central midfielders, Henderson lifted the big European prize aloft at the end of last season and the Rangers manager is delighted for his former teammate.
He told Scotzine: “We both know there are players who are ‘at it’ every day. I appreciated Jordan’s power and fitness by training with him.
“Some players play for themselves, Jordan does the dirty running, grappling for second balls, 12 or 13km Saturday and Wednesday, again and again. Teams can’t function at Liverpool’s level without a cog like Jordan Henderson. He’s obviously going to be a Premier League winner. I look at him and think: “Good for you”.
“He has that confidence now and he’s has lifted the European Cup. I don’t deserve one iota of credit, he has done it all himself, but I remember a chance with Jordan in LA a while ago and he wasn’t sure whether he was coming or going at the club.
“I remember saying to him don’t give up on Liverpool, you’ll be fine. I knew what he had inside and that he would get there. You know with certain people.”
Although Gerrard possessed more of an ability to pop up with important goals, it’s fair to say Henderson does possess some similar traits.
The 29-year-old has come of age in the last 18 months and supporters will never forget him as the captain who led the club to their first Premier League crown.
Henderson has played 359 times for the Reds and he has improved with each year he has spent at the club.
Liverpool sorely felt his recent absence through injury and if play does resume this season, they will hope he can stay fit.
The comparisons to Gerrard are justified and for him to recognise his quality it speaks volumes.
Jurgen Klopp has transformed Liverpool since he arrived and Henderson has proved in recent years one of his most integral players.