Jurgen Klopp must ditch Jordan Henderson as Liverpool captain

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For over a decade Steven Gerrard was Liverpool’s awe-inspiring captain, leading the club to Champions League glory in 2005 and singlehandedly winning the FA Cup a year later.

Following his departure last year it was always going to be a near-impossible task for the man chosen to replace him as skipper, and based on what we have seen so far, Jordan Henderson is simply not up to the job.

This season's Capital One Cup final on February 28 saw Liverpool take Manchester City to penalties following Philippe Coutinho's late equaliser. The Reds eventually lost 3-1 on spot kicks, with Henderson failing to step up and take one.


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As the club's captain, you would expect the Englishman to take up the responsibility of a penalty and set an example for his teammates - unless there were five other takers all capable and confident of scoring.

Yet this wasn't the case, as Henderson watched on to see the likes of Coutinho, Lucas Leiva and Adam Lallana all miss. 

Of course, it would be unfair to compare Henderson to Gerrard - a man widely regarded Liverpool's greatest ever player - but it was a fate he was always likely to face.

Had the latter still been at the club against City, there is little doubt he would have been among the first to take a penalty, or perhaps nominated to take the last and all-important spot kick, much like James Milner was.

Captaincy has done little in the way of improving the standard of Henderson's football too, which is a particular cause for concern. Injuries have hindered the England international, of course, but far too often is he outperformed by the opposition's midfield or even his own teammates, specifically Emre Can.

Whilst the 22-year-old German has come along leaps and bounds since signing, Henderson has stagnated and failed to take advantage of his extra responsibilities.

As previously mentioned, it might be unjust to draw comparisons with Gerrard as a captain, but the simple fact of the matter is the 25-year-old isn't good enough.

Jurgen Klopp may find that the best way to improve his side's fortunes would be to hand the captaincy to someone more deserving and able.

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