Henderson who joined the Reds from Sunderland in June 2011 will deputize long term club captain Steven Gerrard after getting Brendan Rodgers’ nod to assume the role.
“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,” Rodgers said of the 24-year-old.
The man who Henderson will now be ever more so keen to learn from going forward, Steven Gerrard, took to instagram to show his approval. Gerrard posted a picture of him celebrating with Hendo in front of the Kop with the message, “Our new vice-captain. He has worked his socks off for this honour. Well done mate.”
Henderson’s appointment as Liverpool’s vice captain doesn’t come as a surprise given how much progress he has made since signing for the Reds for a fee reported to be worth between £16 and £20 million. The Sunderland academy product struggled to find his feet during his early days at Anfield with many questioning just how Kenny Dalglish forked out so much money for his signature.
As a matter of fact, his career at Liverpool seemed to have been hitting the dead end when Rodgers took over the club. Henderson was told he would be free to join Fulham by the Ulsterman, a move he declined to fight for his career at Melwood. Two years down the line, Liverpool must be feeling thankful for that decision.
The 2013-14 season proved to be Henderson’s breakout season as he became an integral part of the Liverpool side who came to within a hairs breadth of winning their maiden Premier League title. He made himself one of the first names on Rodgers’ teamsheet raking up 35 Premier League appearances for the Reds and scoring 4 goals.
In Liverpool’s first four games of the new season, the new Liverpool workhorse has two assists to his name doing his standing as a vital figure in the Liverpool squad a world of good.
In him, Liverpool have not only found an able, capable, right and perhaps obvious vice captain but a shoe in future captain able to lead both club and country.
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