Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has hailed Jordan Henderson as the future of the club, backing the midfielder to be an important player at Anfield for many years to come.
In an interview with talkSPORT the Northern Irishman heaped praise on the 23-year-old, who overcame a difficult start to his career on Merseyside to establish himself as an integral part of the Reds first-team.
Henderson signed from Sunderland for a reported £20million fee in 2011, and despite initially struggling to live up to expectations, he is now a consistent performer in an ever-improving Liverpool side.
"He is player who has made huge strides," enthused Rodgers on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show. "In the last 12 months he has really pushed on both technically in his game and tactically in his game and that is a big credit to him because he is a great learner.
"He wants to learn, he pushes himself in training every day and he does all the things a top professional does in terms of looking after his body. On top of that he is a real good young man.
"He is developing all the time and I can see him being a real important player for Liverpool for a number of years. And, at 23, he is only going to get better."
Henderson will be hoping to maintain his fine run of form for the remainder of the 2013/14 campaign, in order to earn a place in Roy Hodgson's 23-man England squad for the World Cup in Brazil this summer.
He is one of a number of Liverpool players expected to be in and around the squad, with the likes of Steven Gerrard, Daniel Sturridge, Glen Johnson and Raheem Sterling all expected to make the cut.