Liverpool new boy eager to learn from the master

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Despite the comparisons with Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson is ready to be his own player at Liverpool ahead of his first season at Anfield since his move from Sunderland.

Henderson became Liverpool's first signing of the summer and is expected to play a leading role in the Reds' midfield this season as the club hunt down the top four in hope of qualifying for the Champions League.

Since joining Kenny Dalglish's side, parallels have been drawn between himself and captain Gerrard, however the 21-year-old would prefer to learn from the talismanic midfielder, rather an emulate him.

Steven's a great player and has been for many years at this club, so obviously a lot of us will learn from him and there's a lot of other good players here which I'm sure I'll learn off," he said.

"Steven's a big player and he has been for many years because he's one of the best in the world, but I just want to be myself.


"There's a lot of other great players here that I'll learn from but I don't think I'm following in anyone's footsteps, especially Steven's."

Few football fans need prompting when discussing Liverpool's illustrious history, and the significance of playing on the Anfield turf, and Henderson is relishing his first opportunity against Valencia on Saturday, before taking on his old club on the opening day of the new Premier League season.

"I think it's exciting to sign for a club like Liverpool," he added. "Obviously they have seen something in me to bring me here and you've just got to keep working hard to repay their faith. I'm sure if I work hard I can do that.

"It will be a big moment to make my debut at Anfield and I'm looking forward to it. Hopefully I'll play a part in the game. It will be a tough test against Valencia. I think we can learn a lot before the game against Sunderland, so it'll be tough but I'm looking forward to it."

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