Jordan Henderson replaces Steven Gerrard as Liverpool captain

Jordan Henderson is named Liverpool's new club captain. (Picture courtesy of Liverpool FC)
Image: Jordan Henderson is named Liverpool's new club captain. (Picture courtesy of Liverpool FC)

Jordan Henderson has been named as Liverpool's new captain following Steven Gerrard's departure for MLS club LA Galaxy.

The midfielder, 25, has become an integral part of the Anfield side after moving there from Sunderland in 2011.

His appointment as skipper was widely expected after he deputised for Gerrard last season in games when the former England star was not selected.

Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, captain's armband, Chelsea v Liverpool
Image: Henderson took over as vice-captain last season and has now been given the job permanently

Henderson told liverpoolfc.com: "I'm absolutely delighted and proud. It is a great honour and a huge privilege to be named as the captain of this football club.

"When Steven wasn't in the team last season, I tried to do the best I could when I stepped in and took the armband. Now I'll be looking to carry that on and continue to grow as a captain.

"I'll look to give my best all of the time, put the team firmly first and try to give them - or help them with - whatever they need from me.

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"I've learnt a lot off Stevie and how he conducted himself as the captain of this club both on and off the field.

"You'll always learn from top players - and Steven was exactly that. I'll use what I learnt from him to help me, but I also have to do things in the way I think is right.

Jordan Henderson

  • £20m from Sunderland, June 2011
  • 186 apps, 20 goals for Liverpool
  • 22 caps for England
  • Named Liverpool captain, July 2015

"I'll carry on from what I was doing last season and I'll also try to take on more responsibility for the team and my team-mates.

“We all have the same goal - and that's to bring success to this club and our incredible supporters."

Henderson has made 186 appearances for Liverpool, with 19 of those coming while wearing the skipper’s armband.

He had been the club’s vice-captain since last September and manager Brendan Rodgers believes he was a natural successor to Gerrard.

He said: "Jordan is someone who leads through example through his actions, attitude and application. He shows total commitment to the game and is a role model professional.

"He is also greatly respectful of the great traditions associated with being Liverpool captain and the responsibilities that come with it.

Brendan Rodgers and Jordan Henderson
Image: Brendan Rodgers says Henderson has all the qualities to lead the Reds

"He has been blessed to learn first-hand from one of the greatest the club has ever had in Steven Gerrard.

"Jordan has grown as a person and as a player since arriving at Liverpool and is ready to take up this challenge. He will be his own person, with his own style of leadership and his own ideas and methods."

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