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Jordan Henderson named as Liverpool vice-captain

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Jordan Henderson has been declared as Liverpool's new vice-captain after the departure of Daniel Agger.

Having joined the Anfield club from Sunderland three years ago - for £20 million - Henderson has put his early troubles behind him to become a vital part of Brendan Rodgers's team.

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It completes a dramatic turnaround in fortune for Henderson, who was deemed surplus to requirements when Rodgers first took charge. The Welshman even admitted he wouldn't have stood in the way of a proposed transfer to Fulham.

However last season Henderson was one of Liverpool's most reliable players and helped their charge to second place in the table.

Liverpool's late slips against Manchester City and Crystal Palace coincided with the absence of Henderson - after he was sent off in the 3-2 win against Manchester City.

Henderson represents the values of Liverpool

In an official statement released on the club website, Rodgers spoke about his decision to appoint the 24-year-old as captain in waiting.

He said: "Jordan is someone who represents the best values of what we are all about, as a team and as a club."

"Both he and Steven are examples to others in how they conduct themselves on and off the pitch. It's how they live their lives, it's how they train and it's how they approach their work."

"Jordan is completely dedicated to the game and his leadership qualities come from the example he sets. It's another great story for Jordan in his journey as a Liverpool player and it shows the great progress he has made."

"For club and country he holds himself really well, he's got great stature and I believe he will be an important player here for years to come."

Drastic Improvement

It has been a fabulous 24 months for Henderson - who has made 136 appearance for the club, scoring 13 goals. He has also become a vital part cog in the England team and will become even more important since his team mate Steven Gerrard announced his retirement.

Henderson was lambasted for his performances in his debut season after he was signed by Kenny Dalglish. Often being played out on the left hand side of midfield he struggled to cement a place in the side.

He put in a terrible performance as Liverpool beat Cardiff on penalties to lift the Carling Cup back in 2012. After being booked he was dragged off after 58 minutes to be replaced by Craig Bellamy.

However over the past two years as Rodgers has developed his style of play at Anfield, he has deployed Henderson in a more central role as the legs energetic midfielder that allow Steven Gerrard to dictate the play from deep.

It is a role that often goes unnoticed by fans, but has not gone unnoticed by England manager Roy Hodgson who gave the midfielder a chance to assert his position in the national side during the World Cup.

The move to instate Henderson as vice-captain points to his long term future being at Anfield and he will soon take over the arm-band from Gerrard once he retires.

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