Date: 18th September 2014 at 12:54pm
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Steven Gerrard has backed the appointment of Jordan Henderson as Liverpool’s vice-captain, saying he thinks the 24-year-old will become the club’s main man following his retirement.

Henderson was appointed vice-captain prior to the Reds 2-1 Champions League victory over FC Ludogorets, and Gerrard – who hit a 93rd minute winner from the spot – believes Henderson thoroughly deserves the honour.

“It’s very well deserved and it’s no surprise to me,” Gerrard said.

“I’m sure he’ll be the main man – the club captain – in a few years when I have gone.

“He epitomises everything that a captain is. He works hard on and off the pitch.

“He’s well-liked in the dressing room. He leads by example and, let’s not forget, he’s a top player as well.”

Gerrard and Henderson have started all five of Liverpool’s matches this season, and are set to keep their places for Saturday’s trip to West Ham.

Brendan Rodgers has admitted the Reds are far from their best at the moment, but the skipper believes it will be a case of the team improving as new players settle and the season progresses.

“I think the team will get better as the season progresses. We have a lot of new faces who are all trying to find their feet and settle in,” Gerrard continued.

“I think there’s a lot of expectancy on us because of how well we performed last year.

“It will take time to get back to that level, but that will happen. Hopefully sooner rather than later.”