Steven Gerrard has backed Jordan Henderson to thrive in the role of Liverpool captain when the 34-year-old leaves for LA Galaxy at the end of the season.
Henderson was appointed as vice-captain earlier in the season following the departure of defender Daniel Agger, and the former Sunderland man is set to complete an incredible personal journey by succeeding Gerrard as club captain for next season.
And Gerrard believes Liverpool have appointed the right man for the job.
“I certainly believe Jordan has everything you need to be a great captain,” Gerrard told the Liverpool Echo.
“He’s a fantastic professional who tries to lead by example in every training session and in every game.
“He has really grown as a player and is improving all the time with experience.
“He can become a great captain for this club. He’s a fantastic player for me to hand the armband over to.
“I’ve got great respect for Jordan Henderson and I know everyone else at the club feels the same.”
“Initially, it was very difficult for Jordan,” Gerrard added.
“He was a Sunderland boy and moving to Liverpool was his first time out of the area. It was a big move at a young age.
“Playing for Liverpool, with all the pressure and expectation, is tough. It’s a very demanding club.
“Jordan stayed and toughed it out. It’s in difficult situations like that you learn a lot about the type of player and the type of character someone is.
“He knuckled down and worked even harder. He’s a true professional and a very strong character.
“Every day he’s in the gym doing extra work. He doesn’t drink and he looks after himself. He has made a lot of sacrifices to play well for this club.”