Jordan Henderson: “Liverpool Leadership Comes in Different Ways”

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Jordan Henderson believes there is a “good mix in the group” at Liverpool and says players contribute to leadership in different ways.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, August 17, 2014: Liverpool's Jordan Henderson in action against Southampton's Dusan Tadic during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The 24-year-old England international has been tipped by many to be promoted to vice-captain at Liverpool, and even eventually succeed Steven Gerrard as first-choice skipper.

Henderson has now made 133 appearances for the Reds can his rapid development under Brendan Rodgers has firmly established him as a first-team regular.

 

Leadership

Speaking to the club’s official website, Henderson explained how he tries to push the team on.

“I try to help people as much as I can,” he said.

“Whether that is giving them confidence or instruction, I try to do as much as I can to help the team. I think that’s important sometimes.

“That’s just the way people are; some people are vocal, some people aren’t. People lead in different ways, whether that’s setting an example on or off the pitch.

“It depends what type of person you are and everybody is different. I feel that we’ve got a good mix in the group.”

 

Father’s Battle with Cancer

This week it was revealed that Henderson has been effected by his father’s battle with cancer over the last year, but braved the family worry with performances on the pitch.

“It was a very emotional time when I had to break the news to the family,” his father, Brian, is quoted in the Daily Mail as saying.

“I went to speak to Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool who was very understanding. He gave Jordan time off, and the people at Liverpool were amazing.

“They were very understanding and gave him a lot of support.

“I said to Jordan that the best thing he could do for me when he got back to playing was try to get man of the match in every game.

“People didn’t realise the pressure he was under. I was so proud of him.”

 

Targets

Now Henderson is setting himself new targets for 2014-15, and hopes to add more goals to his game to contribute to Liverpool’s Premier League and Champions League campaigns.

Henderson told the club’s official website, “I’ve spoken to the gaffer and getting more goals is one area of my game that I would like to improve.

“A lot of us have got to chip in with more goals, especially from midfield. Hopefully I can work on that and I can improve. I’ll try to do so.”

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