Emre Can hails Jordan Henderson

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Emre Can believes that Jordan Henderson deserves to become Liverpool captain after the 24-year-old signed a new contract with the club.

Former Sunderland midfielder Henderson signed a new £100,000-a-week deal that will see him stay at the club until 2020 and Can feels this was an important step for the club to make.

With Steven Gerrard departing for the MLS at the end of the season, Henderson has been touted as the man to replace the Liverpool hero as captain and future club legend.

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And former Bayer Leverkusen man Can says it is Henderson’s example that is inspiring the young players at the club, and consequently he deserves to be given the captains armband.

Henderson is a leader

“He has had the confidence shown in him and it’s great that he has been able to captain the team. He has got a lot of qualities and you can see that on the training ground every day, as well as every game. He’s deserved to be the captain," Can told

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“I can learn a lot from him – I am a couple of years younger than Jordan. He gives 100 per cent all the time and he works hard on his own game. He is full of confidence and never gives up. He is always there for the team, both on and off the pitch.”

Can joined Liverpool at the start of the season from Bayer Leverkusen for a fee of £9.5m, and has widely impressed in his debut season in the Premier League.

The 21-year-old has seemingly had his position converted to centre-back during his first season at the Reds, but has impressed in the new role.

Gerrard replacement

And the 21-year-old believes that Henderson is perfect man to fill Gerrard’s boots and become Liverpool’s new leader.

He added: “He is a leader on the pitch and he is always there for you, including off the pitch. You can always go and talk to him. He is a great lad.

“He is more of a quiet character but when push comes to shove, he’s not shy in coming forward in saying what has to be done.”

Liverpool travel to the Midlands this weekend, and take on a West Brom team, knowing that a win will increase their chance of securing a European place for next season.

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