Steven Gerrard has aimed what many will consider to be a stinging barb at Liverpool star Raheem Sterling, suggesting he’s at the opposite end of the scale to Jordan Henderson with regards to his commitment.
The ex-Reds skipper took his leave of the Anfield club this summer for LA Galaxy, and it’s expected that a period of transition is to ensure.
Brendan Rodgers will no doubt be vying to ensure the change is kept to a minimum, but the question of who will become Liverpool’s next captain is something he cannot ignore.
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For many, Henderson is the obvious choice. The former Sunderland midfielder initially struggled after his switch to Merseyside, but under Rodgers he’s become a lynchpin in the middle of the park, and his similarities to Gerrard are there for all to see.
Mirroring him you then have Sterling, who turned down the chance to extend his Liverpool stay and earn wages of £100,000-a-week earlier this year.
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It’s been made abundantly clear that he sees his future away from Anfield, much to the ire of the fans, and apparently Gerrard too.
"Jordan's been loyal to the club by signing a new deal and I wish him well," Gerrard said, as relayed by the Evening Standard.
"Raheem (Sterling) and Jordan are at different ends of the scale. Jordan's so professional, he's a winner, a great lad."
In any case it appears that an announcement on Henderson being named Gerrard’s successor with regards to the armband is imminent, with reports late last night suggesting that the Reds would hold a press conference today to do the deed.
Sterling puts his foot down
Meanwhile Sterling’s future remains wholly unclear, with it being claimed earlier this week that he was refusing to embark on Liverpool’s pre-season tour in an effort to clinch a move to Manchester City.
Though the player himself has refused to comment on possible reasons as to why he isn’t keen on continuing his stay at Anfield it would seem he believes his ambitions cannot be fulfilled there, whereas at a place like City he would perhaps go further, quicker.
Naturally Liverpool fans would disagree, hence the backlash of criticism he has faced since snubbing Rodgers’ new contract offer.
Henderson meanwhile is in line to become Anfield’s next golden boy. He may not yet have the ability Gerrard had, but he certainly has his backing.
Liverpool fans, is there any other choice for captain than Henderson? Does Sterling deserve to be chastised? Let us know in the comments box below.