The previous Reds striker has hailed the efforts of an Anfield stalwart who has overcome loads of adversity to observe in illustrious footsteps
Jordan Henderson confronted an “virtually inconceivable activity” when succeeding Steven Gerrard as Liverpool captain, says John Aldridge, however the Reds skipper is now “assured of a spot among the many membership’s all-time greats”.
Again in the summertime of 2015, as an Anfield legend headed for the exits, the armband was handed within the path of a midfielder who had spent 4 years on Merseyside.
Questions have been nonetheless being requested of Henderson’s capability to develop into a frontrunner at that stage, with the England worldwide having needed to work exhausting to silence critics all through his time with Liverpool.
He’s now taking in a ninth season with the membership, with 350 appearances made, and has develop into a Champions League and Membership World Cup winner.
It might be that he will get his fingers on the Premier League title on the finish of the season, with Aldridge contemplating the 29-year-old to be a modern-day icon after following in illustrious footsteps.
The previous Reds striker advised the Irish Impartial: “Jordan Henderson was offered with an virtually inconceivable activity when he succeeded Steven Gerrard as Liverpool captain in the summertime of 2015 and it’s to his enduring credit score that he’s now assured of a spot among the many membership’s all-time greats.
“I bear in mind the cynicism when Henderson took over from the legendary Stevie G and I used to be amongst those that doubted whether or not he was as much as the duty of main one of many nice golf equipment in world soccer on and off the sphere.
“Henderson at all times gave the whole lot to the Liverpool trigger, however he was missing high quality in sure areas of his sport in his formative days on the membership and the concept that he may efficiently succeed an Anfield icon who did a lot for the membership was an excessive amount of for some to understand.
“Jurgen Klopp did not at all times choose Henderson when he got here in as supervisor and I bear in mind the requires Virgil van Dijk to be named as Liverpool captain when he arrived on the membership in January 2018 and had such a big effect on the crew.
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“But Henderson has grown into the function and – like so many members of a Liverpool crew that has reached 2020 on the right track to finish the membership’s 30-year watch for a home league title – his enchancment beneath Klopp has been so spectacular.
“If he can get his fingers on the Premier League trophy at Anfield in Could, his legacy as one of many nice Liverpool captains of all-time shall be secured.”
Liverpool shall be trying to restore a 13-point lead on the prime of the desk on Thursday, whereas preserving their unbeaten file, once they soak up a house date with 2019-20 shock package deal Sheffield United.