Jordan Henderson said he will never be able to equal the commitment of Steven Gerrard to Liverpool despite leading the club to a Premier League era first title.
During the final home game against Chelsea, Henderson will become the first Liverpool captain to win the Premier League, Champions League, and Club World Cup when presented with the top-division trophy.
The 30-year-old played a part in the rise of Liverpool under Jürgen Klopp, on and off the pitch, with his presence vindicating Brendan Rodgers’ decision in July 2015 to make him Gerrard’s successor as the captain.
The midfielder of England remains dissatisfied with comparisons with his predecessor and insists on his special position in the history of Liverpool does not mean that Gerrard’s replacement challenge has been met.
“I said this when I first took over the captain ‘s job, when people may have doubted me and questioned me as a person, but I’ll always guarantee that no one in this club will replace Steven Gerrard, no matter who the captain is or what the team wins,” said Henderson.
“When I took over the captaincy to replace him, it wasn’t in my mind; it was to do the best I could for this club and this squad, and that’s everything I’ve ever tried to do.”
When Henderson marked his first full day with a round of golf as a Premier League champion, he spoke to Gerrard on Friday and, dedicated the 19th league championship of the club to the legend of Anfield, who suffered an agonizing near-miss in 2004.