Liverpool manager Brendan Rodger has high hope for new team captain Jordan Henderson who he believes will become a club leader not only on the field but off it as well.
Rodger’s admit that being club captain will add pressure to the 25-year-old, yet is 100% sure he has picked the right man for the job.
He told LFCTV GO: “You can imagine it was in my mind last season when I was aware, in particular, that Stevie was going to be moving on.
“I wanted to look at someone who would be a great ambassador on and off the field because it’s not just about captaining Liverpool, you have a huge responsibility for the players and the supporters on a worldwide basis.
“So it was going to take somebody who is going to be strong-willed and has a strong mentality, but is also a wonderful role model.
“Obviously Jordan was one of the players that I thought about, but once I saw him grow and develop as the vice-captain then I felt pretty sure that this would be the season he could be the captain.”
The Northern Irishman also thinks that Henderson will have learned a lot from Gerrard and that Liverpool’s traditions and values have be instilled in the clubs new leader.
Rodgers added: “He has taken to the role very well. He’s had a perfect role model in Stevie, he’s been on the shoulder of Stevie for a year to see how it all works and he’ll have picked up a lot from him.
“Like I said to him when I told him he would eventually be the captain – ‘have your own ideas, have your own ways of doing it and do it your way’.
“He’s an outstanding player and I think you’ll see him really blossom with that captaincy.”