Jordan Henderson – Gerrard’s replacement?

Several media outlets are today reporting Liverpool are targeting Sunderland midfielder Jordan Henderson this summer.

The 20 year old box-to-box midfielder impressed for the Black Cats last season, making his debut for England and was named on FIFA’s website as one of thirteen young players to watch.

Henderson is young and fits the profile of player Liverpool’s owners Fenway Sports Group are looking to purchase. Sunderland are reported to want £20m for their homegrown player, but Sunderland have dismissed claims that they had received and rejected a £13m offer from Liverpool for the midfielder, and the Anfield club refused to make any comment on the potential transfer.

The Guardian newspaper writes “Henderson’s club are aware of Liverpool’s interest and expect that to develop into a firm bid during the close season. The midfielder is in Stuart Pearce’s squad for the European Under-21 Championship in Denmark this month, and his future is unlikely to be resolved before that competition is over.”

Henderson is a player very much in the mould of Steven Gerrard; dynamic, box-to-box, capable of playing on the right of midfield. Could he be a long term replacement for our captain?

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