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The 7 Liverpool players to captain over 200 games

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Jordan Henderson captained Liverpool for the 200th time in Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace, becoming only the seventh player to do so in history.

Since taking the armband from Steven Gerrard in 2015, Henderson has proved an exemplary captain for Liverpool, representing the club to the highest standard on and off the pitch.

His time on Merseyside has seen him battle perceptions throughout, but he has now cemented himself as a favourite among supporters and an invaluable player for Jurgen Klopp.

Saturday brought the visit of Palace, and with Henderson starting alongside Fabinho and Thiago in midfield, he reached a milestone of captain’s appearances.

Henderson has now captained Liverpool in 200 games – spanning from before he officially took over from Gerrard – making him only the seventh player to do so in 129 years.

The first to do so was Alex Raisbeck, who took the armband in 1900, and for 120 years he was also the club’s youngest-ever captain, with Curtis Jones breaking his record last year.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, January 20, 2015: Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard hands the armband to Jordan Henderson as he is substituted against Chelsea during the Football League Cup Semi-Final 1st Leg match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Donald McKinlay was another pre-war captain, with the next to do so after him being Ron Yeats, followed by Emlyn Hughes, Sami Hyypia and Gerrard himself.

No player has captained Liverpool more times than Gerrard (472), with his record unlikely to be broken, despite Henderson signing a new four-year contract with the club in August.

It is more than likely that Henderson remains captain for the rest of his time with the club, with there being little chance of him passing the armband over as Hyypia did to Gerrard in 2003.

If he did, of course, the Reds are not short of suitable candidates, with Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Mohamed Salah among those who could be in the running.


Liverpool players with 200 or more games as captain

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, August 9, 2021: Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson applauds the supporters after a pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and Club Atlético Osasuna at Anfield. Liverpool won 3-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • Alex Raisbeck (1900 to 1909) – 267
  • Donald McKinlay (1921 to 1928) – 293
  • Ron Yeats (1961 to 1970) – 416
  • Emlyn Hughes (1973 to 1979) – 335
  • Sami Hyypia (2000 to 2003) – 204
  • Steven Gerrard (2003 to 2015) – 472
  • Jordan Henderson (2015 onwards) – 200
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