Date: 6th August 2011 at 10:00pm
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New Liverpool signing Jordan Henderson was asked by how he feels about being touted as Steven Gerrard‘s long term replacement. He replied:

“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. I don’t want to follow in anyone’s footsteps. I’ll learn from Steven massively because he’s a great player. 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. I’ve got to concentrate on what I want to do and achieve here, and hopefully that can happen.”

With a £16million price tag around his neck, there will be some pressure for Jordan to succeed pretty early on even without this label of being Stevie G’s successor, but at the age of 21, the former Sunderland player should be seen as one for the future in my book.

From what I have seen of Jordan in pre-season so far, I feel he has a bright future ahead of him, he always looks forward when on the ball and can pick a very decent pass when he is afforded the time. Of course, he is by no means the finished article but there are elements to his game that can provide us with a source of optimism.

In the early part of his career, there are going to be inconsistent moments, and Henderson’s form did drop off markedly in the second half of last season for Sunderland, but that wasn’t before he had made a massive impact in the Premier League. The 21 year old created 82 chances for his team mates last season, the fifth most in total among Premier League players. This, considering he dropped his form in the second part of the campaign makes it all the more impressive.

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9 responses to “Have Liverpool found Gerrard’s replacement?”

  1. Oscar says:

    More of a Lampard style player in my opinion, but his quick one touch passing and crossing from the right is sensational. This lad is destined for big things!

  2. Craig says:

    I honestly as a fan didnt see henderson as a potential summer signing! Seen him a few times last season and now with us in pre-season, he looks good on the ball although im yet to be convinced however im sure a few seasons will change that! Young player but me personally im hoping gerrard has a few more seasons left in him

  3. jimmy says:

    Very good engine but to compare him to stevie g is a joke!
    would be good if he could actualy do something with or around the ball,and he needs to learn to tackle and shoot.
    needs to improve bigtime,I am more impressesed with charlie adam and downing the latter being a player i thought was not right for us.

  4. nomad says:

    For the future,no doubt.

  5. Paul says:

    Think about it. Hes solid on the ball, doesnt give many away, creates chances and will run all day! Give the lad a break, he’l be a good player for us!

    Think about it, if he creates another 82 chances this season, tbata over 2 a game! That will already have paid half of his price tag!

  6. Mike says:

    A poor mans Jack Wilshire.

  7. nomad says:

    Mike,of late,Jack Wilshire is a poor mans Jack Wilshire.

  8. Bill Shankly says:

    Hendo hasnt got that Crafty Cockney attitude Wilshire has but in two season time he will be a damn sight closer to captaining England than Wilshire for that very same reason , namely he is already streets ahead of Wilshire in terms of temperament , theres nothing between them in terms of technique & from what I have seen of both of them Hendo has an edge on Wilshire in terms of final ball & end product .
    You may as well compare him to Carra as compare him to Gerrard , he is a totally different style of midfielder than Gerrard is .
    If you were to compare him to Meireles & Cole I’d see the sense in it & already Hendo is a better player in the Premier League than Meirelesis & The faded Cole .
    What tha hell do you want from this Kid ?
    Complaining about him there & he has never even played so much as 1 league game for us !
    Fuckin Racist third worlders tha lotta ya !