Jordan Henderson has played a significant role this season for Liverpool.
Having under-performed since his arrival from Sunderland his career for the Reds was close to the edge. He needed to become the player the historic club thought they had bought, and fast.
For a player so young and inexperienced, there was an immense amount of pressure. However luckily for Henderson, he has been a regular starter this season for Brendan Rodgers and proved a point in my opinion.
This season has to be his best campaign at the club so far, and by a clear mile at that. He has been recognised by football fans across the country for his exceptional work rate to regain possession of the ball, and it's a rare occasion to catch him giving any less that 100% in a game.
Steven Gerrard is reaching the age where you begin to lose a yard of pace, and the ability you once had. As much as I believe he has been one of the greatest Liverpool players and captains of all time, I can see his career coming to an end quite soon unfortunately.
However luckily for Henderson, this could lead to the prospect of the number 14 following in Gerrard's footsteps. Liverpool would be looking for a new captain and as I feel Henderson has been the most consistent player in the famous red shirt this campaign, it sounds like a realistic possibility for him to wear the armband after Gerrard's retirement.
Henderson has become a regular starter under Brendan Rodgers, and it's obvious for all the see that he has improved by a mile due to his management. He feels there is much more to improve on though, to take him to the best of his ability.
These past six months have shown that Henderson's £20million price tag can easily be lived up to by the individual. Kenny Daglish showed a lot of faith in a young player when signing him in the summer of 2011 from Sunderland. However this faith has payed off, and has proved to be a rare successful signing from the former Liverpool boss, unlike the transfers of Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing.
If Henderson keeps working hard at what he does best, then I can see him playing for Liverpool for the next 10 years or so. Hopefully all works out for him at the historic club, and he eventually becomes a name engraved in the history of Liverpool Football Club for the ages.
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