Henderson: Don't call me Gerrard

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Although he is flattered by the comparisons to Steven Gerrard, Liverpool new boy Jordan Henderson is intent on emerging from the shadow of the Reds captain.

Henderson joined Kenny Dalglish's Anfield revolution from Sunderland for £16 million in June, and has started each of the Merseysiders' Barclays Premier League outings this season.

The 21-year-old also has one goal to his name - a tidy finish against Bolton - and has impressed all and sundry with some cultured displays in the Liverpool midfield.

His performances have seen some note similarities between his style and that of Gerrard, but Henderson is merely concentrating on being himself.

"It’s not a bad comparison but I think Steven Gerrard is Steven Gerrard and I think I just have to be myself," Henderson told

"I have to do what I do best and not concentrate on anyone else."


However, with Gerrard now fit again after six months out due to persistent groin problems, Henderson could find his place in the side come under threat.

With Stewart Downing, Charlie Adam, Lucas Leiva and Dirk Kuyt in the Reds' ranks, there is certainly plenty of competition for places in midfield.

And Henderson hopes his exploits so far will have earned him the right to retain a staring berth.

"It's a good thing to be able to play in a few different positions but the most important thing is that I'm picked," he added. "All I want to do is play football. As long as I’m in the starting XI then it doesn't matter where I fit."

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