Jamie Redknapp believes Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson does not get the credit he deserves and is the perfect heir to Steven Gerrard.
Henderson is on a high right now after leading Liverpool to their first domestic league title in 30 years. You can see what Jurgen Klopp had to say about talk of a statue in his honour here.
When he collects the Premier League title, Henderson will have lifted four trophies in just over 12 months. That stat will make him one of Liverpool’s more successful captains.
Henderson, a £20million signing from Sunderland in summer 2011, has endured plenty of criticism over the years. But Redknapp is adamant Henderson is a star of genuine quality and deserves more credit than he gets.
And Redknapp believes the 30-year-old is worthy of the highest of acclaim for stepping into Gerrard’s legendary shoes with such aplomb.
Redknapp wrote in his Daily Mail column: “I reminded him that he is now the captain who won the Club World Cup, Champions League and Premier League.
“Asked how that feels, Henderson struggled to find the words. He kept looking away from the camera, but you could see the emotion in his eyes. I get that. With that armband around your biceps comes pressure.
“I felt it, too. There is extra expectation, and you have to be able to pick up the pieces of your team-mates, even if you’re struggling yourself.
“Henderson had to do that when Liverpool missed out on the Premier League title to Manchester City, and after losing in the Champions League final to Real Madrid.
“He had to put personal disappointments aside and pull the group together, because they were looking to him and Jurgen Klopp for inspiration.
“Countless private conversations, endless words of encouragement, extra work with the media, liaising with the manager. It’s all part of being captain. To perform that role at a club eager to repeat the successes of old makes it something more tricky.
“So many Liverpool skippers have tried and failed to lead their team to the title, myself included. But Henderson did it.
“I took over as captain in 1999 from Paul Ince, a great player.
“When Steven Gerrard left in 2015, I thought: ‘Where do you go from here? How can you cope with losing the presence of someone like that?’ Liverpool were losing an icon — a leader whose personality coursed through the corridors of Melwood and Anfield.
“But Henderson took over and showed there is life after Gerrard. The players respect and respond to him.
“The 30-year-old showed that same leadership when it came to the Players Together initiative.
“He, like all Liverpool fans, will hope this is just the start of a period of domination. With Klopp and these players staying put, the odds are this will not be the last Premier League title they win together.”
Klopp tipped to quit Liverpool and take up new job
Former Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic has backed Jurgen Klopp to quit Liverpool and take charge of the German national side.
He thinks Klopp needs to help his national side to World Cup success in order to complete his career and after his success with Liverpool.
“Jurgen Klopp should become national coach at some point, absolutely – and then win the World Cup with Germany,” Subotic told CHECK24.
“As far as success is concerned, there is definitely nothing left, not even for Kloppo.”
The Union Berlin star has also explained what makes Klopp, in his eyes, the world’s best manager. Read more here.