Philosophical Jordan Henderson hails Steven Gerrard influence

Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson has opened up about his ambitions and career so far in an interview for FA TV.

Henderson has seen a rapid rise in recent years to becoming a mainstay of both Liverpool and England’s first-teams — and the 24-year-old puts it down to hard work.

“I think I’ve improved and I keep on improving – that’s all that interests me really,” the former Sunderland midfielder said.

“I’ve always said from day one, you only get out of life what you put into it, so you’ve got to work as hard as you can and you’ll get your just rewards.”

Henderson was handed Liverpool’s vice-captaincy this season, playing understudy to Steven Gerrard, who he has absorbed footballing education from.

“I’d have to say Steven Gerrard has been my biggest influence in my career so far,” he said.

“I watched him when I was younger and then to go and play and train with hime every day was massive for me, and still is now.”

On his England responsibilities, Henderson added, “I think it’s right to start helping the younger lads coming through and a lot of us have taken that responsibility on.

“We’ve got a great group here and hopefully that continues.`

Henderson has made 147 appearances for Liverpool since signing in 2011, scoring 14 goals and has won 18 caps for England.