Date: 15th October 2014 at 2:19pm
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Jordan Henderson has hailed Steven Gerrard as the best captain in world football.

Today marks 11 years since Gerrard was handed the captain’s armband by former boss Gerard Houllier, and the 34-year-old has gone on to establish himself as one of the greatest midfielders of all time.

24-year-old Henderson has recently been appointed vice-captain, and is tipped to succeed Gerrard as Reds skipper when he eventually retires.

And Henderson has been keen to praise Gerrard for the example he has set during his time at Anfield.

Henderson said: “Stevie’s probably not only the best captain for Liverpool and before with England, but in the game itself.

“Being around him has benefited me a lot. It’s been huge. Every day I watch him. It’s his desire to improve.

“He’s been the best and most influential player here for such a long time but he still wants to get better.

“He takes training really seriously and sets the tone for how things should be. Everyone else follows.

“He does a lot of things that people on the outside don’t see. On the pitch he’s a great leader.

“You can see the goals, the passes and the tackles he makes; the way he inspires the team.

“But off the pitch he conducts himself brilliantly too. He’s a genuinely nice person and everybody in the squad knows they can go to him.

“The most important thing is he puts the team in front of everybody else including himself. The most important thing is the team.”