Chris Young Column - Steven Gerrard backing is big for ex-Sunderland man Henderson

Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson
Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson
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AS ENDORSEMENTS go, the soon-to-be-departed Steven Gerrard didn’t offer a bad one to Liverpool team-mate Jordan Henderson

“He can become a great captain for this club. He’s a fantastic player for me to hand the armband over to,” said LA Galaxy-bound Gerrard.

It was a mark of how far Henderson has come in the last three-and-a-half years; an England regular and the heir apparent to Gerrard’s throne.

It’s good to see.

The East Herrington lad was always going to be either a fixture in the national team or another Steve Sidwell-esque nearly man, following the promise of his early years in a red and white shirt.

Despite the struggles of his first season at Anfield after that £19million move from the Stadium of Light, Henderson has knuckled down and blossomed, particularly last year prior to Luis Suarez’s departure and Daniel Sturridge’s injury destroying the threat of this Liverpool side.

Compare Henderson to the ex-Sunderland team-mate in Liverpool’s ranks, Simon Mignolet, who looks a poor imitation of the goalkeeper who was so magnificent during his final year on Wearside.

While Sunderland have to be prey upon Mignolet’s utter absence of confidence on Saturday lunchtime, Henderson will is now an integral cog in Liverpool’s midfield.