Jordan Henderson is a “clone of Steven Gerrard”, according to Liverpool prospect Harvey Elliott.
Henderson became the first player to lift the Premier League trophy as Liverpool captain last season. It was something Gerrard – despite his ability and massive influence on the club – never managed to do. But the man who succeeded him as skipper still splits opinion to some degree.
Henderson hasn’t always been the most popular player for Liverpool or England. However, Elliott – who is currently on loan at Blackburn Rovers – thinks he deserves to be spoken of in the same breath as Gerrard.
“I don’t think anyone appreciates him as much as they should,” Elliott told the Counter Attack Podcast. “Henderson is a legend on and off of the pitch.
“I can’t say enough nice things about him. He’s just a top captain.
“He’s everything you’d want in a captain, he’s a leader on the pitch, he’s a leader off the pitch. He doesn’t do it for a reaction, he does it because he wants to do it.
“He wants to have an effect on things, he wants to put things in line and show that everyone is on the same page and just bring people up with him.
“Like everyone else, ever since I walked through the door at Liverpool, he greeted me well. He’s always taken me under his wing, he’s always onto me working hard in training, always wanting me to be the best possible version of myself. I can’t say enough about him and enough nice things.
“He’s someone I look up to a lot, obviously him and Steven Gerrard as well. He’s like a clone of Steven Gerrard really, he’s just a legend.”
Elliott earning rave reviews
When he returns to Liverpool himself, Elliott will be hoping he can make some kind of impression. If his form with Blackburn is anything to go by, he has the potential.
“From what I’ve seen up to now, he’s going to be in the Premier League for sure,” teammate Stewart Downing, formerly of Liverpool himself, told Goal in March.
“I know [Bournemouth manager] Jonathan Woodgate well, and he’s quite close to [Liverpool sporting director] Michael Edwards. He asked me about Harvey when he came to Blackburn, and I was like ‘f*****g hell, he’s brilliant!’
“It’s his game-understanding, when to pass the ball, when to dribble, when to come inside, when to stay wide. For someone so young, it’s top-drawer.
“Woody told me they have high hopes for him at Liverpool, and I can see why.
“But he knows better than anyone that he has a big job on his hands to get into the team.”