Jordan Henderson is the new vice-captain of Liverpool, it was confirmed late on Monday night.
The 24-year-old is promoted to Steven Gerrard’s understudy following the departure of Daniel Agger this summer.
Since signing from Sunderland in 2011, Henderson has made 136 appearances for Liverpool, scoring 13 goals and established himself as a mainstay of the Reds’ midfield.
The news will come as no surprise to many supporters who have seen a solid leadership evolve from Henderson during his time on Merseyside.
“Jordan is someone who represents the best values of what we are all about, as a team and as a club,” Rodgers is quoted on the club’s official website as saying.
“Both he and Steven are examples to others in how they conduct themselves on and off the pitch. It’s how they live their lives, it’s how they train and it’s how they approach their work.
“Jordan is completely dedicated to the game and his leadership qualities come from the example he sets. It’s another great story for Jordan in his journey as a Liverpool player and it shows the great progress he has made.
“For club and country he holds himself really well, he’s got great stature and I believe he will be an important player here for years to come.”
Only last month England international Henderson spoke of how “leadership comes in different ways”.
“I try to help people as much as I can,” he told LiverpoolFC.com
“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.”
Henderson's rise is the exact reason why you should let players settle & grow before making judgements. Has proved many wrong. #LFC.
— Si Steers (@sisteers) September 15, 2014
Over the moon that Henderson has been appointed vice-captain. Always get 110% and total energy. Big future. #HendoLFC
— James Edwards (@JEdwards_Jed) September 15, 2014
The news comes on the eve of Liverpool’s first Champions League game in almost five years. They face Ludogorets of Bulgairia at Anfield on Tuesday night at 7.45pm.
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