The way Jordon Henderson played for Liverpool last season showed signs that the Merseyside club are molding Henderson into the Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard. Henderson has got a long way to go to fill the boots of the Liverpool skipper, but he is certainly heading in the right direction after a fine season with The Reds last time around.
The 24 year old provided a stunning pass for Raheem Sterling to put Liverpool ahead on Sunday against Southampton. It was a pass that Gerrard would have been proud of, and a pass Gerrard has been doing for years for Liverpool and England. Henderson showed real glimpses of quality last season, as he really upped his game in the center of Liverpool’s midfield alongside Gerrard.
There were a few question marks and raised eyebrows when Liverpool paid a reported £20m fee to Sunderland for his services. He didn’t set the world alight in his first season either under Kenny Dalglish, and the Anfield faithful didn’t hold much faith. Under Brendan Rodgers, he seems to flourish in the system Liverpool play and has turned himself into one of the first names on the team-sheet.
Maybe Liverpool are trying to mold him into a similar player to Gerrard, maybe Henderson is doing it off his own back, but one thing is for sure — if he carries on with the level of performance, then Henderson will have a vital role to play in the future of Liverpool and England. With Gerrard announcing international retirement, and at the age of 35, he might not have many years left in his tank. Henderson could be seen as a direct replacement for the former England captain, but maybe not quite yet.