WEARSIDER Jordan Henderson has been named the new vice-captain of Liverpool.
Just over three years after he joined the Reds from Sunderland, the midfielder was named as Steven Gerrard’s deputy by manager Brendan Rodgers.
The senior England international, who has made 136 appearances for the club and scored 13 goals, assumes the role following the departure of Daniel Agger last month.
Henderson was a central figure in Liverpool’s battle for the Premier League title last season, missing just three matches and those due to a suspension late in the campaign.
Having helped Rodgers’ team to a second-place finish, the 24-year-old will experience Champions League football for the first time tonight – also his maiden game as vice-captain – at home to Ludogorets Razgrad.
“Jordan is someone who represents the best values of what we are all about, as a team and as a club,” said Rodgers.
“Both he and Steven are examples to others in how they conduct themselves on and off the pitch.
“It’s how they live their lives, it’s how they train and it’s how they approach their work.
“Jordan is completely dedicated to the game and his leadership qualities come from the example he sets. It’s another great story for Jordan in his journey as a Liverpool player and it shows the great progress he has made.”
“For club and country he holds himself really well, he’s got great stature and I believe he will be an important player here for years to come.”