Steven Gerrard has compared “selfless” Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson to Manchester United legend Paul Scholes.
Henderson has emerged as a key man for Jurgen Klopp’s side, with the Reds winning 21 and drawing one of the 22 Premier League games he has started this season.
The England midfielder was one of the favourites to be named Player of the Year before the league’s suspension, while he has also been at the forefront of the player reaction to the current global pandemic.
Henderson has been praised for his role in the #PlayersTogether movement, which Gerrard sees as typical of his former teammate.
“It’s no surprise to me how he’s handling himself on and off the pitch,” Gerrard told BT Sport.
“Obviously I played with him for numerous years with Liverpool and England. A very fit, athletic boy who’s selfless in his approach on the pitch, puts everyone else above himself.
“When you play alongside him you appreciate the job he does for the team and I think over the years he’s been developing parts of his game. His passing range now is fantastic.”
Gerrard went on to anger United supporters further by comparing Henderson’s impact on the pitch to that of legendary midfielder Scholes.
“He’s running games with control, a bit like Paul Scholes used to do and he’s leading by example. He’s always there for the team,” he added.
“I’ve watched him grow as a human being with interest, he’s always been a great lad and a great team-mate. It’s no surprise now that people are starting to recognise what a man he is, both on and off the pitch.
“Every bit of praise he gets he deserves it because it’d true, and I can guarantee that because I’ve been alongside him.”
Meanwhile, departing Liverpool star Adam Lallana would have found himself a target for Jurgen Klopp “if you go back five years”.
Lallana is out of contract on June 30, and as such is now free to negotiate with foreign clubs and even sign a pre-contract agreement, if a deal can be reached.
Tottenham, Arsenal and West Ham are all understood to be chasing the midfielder, while it was reported last month that Leicester were “leading” the race to land him and had already made an enquiry with his representative.
And while it’s been reported this week that the current financial crisis in the game could force Liverpool into U-turns over four of their stars, his departure does still look increasingly likely with the midfielder admitting his frustrations by a lack of game-time this season.
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