Steven Gerrard hails Jordan Henderson's arrival at Anfield

10 June 2011 12:56
ShareLiverpool captain Steven Gerrard has hailed the arrival of Jordan Henderson from Sunderland and predicted the new signing will go on to become one of the leaders of the next generation at Anfield.

Gerrard played alongside the 20-year-old midfielder with the senior England squad against France last November, and feels he has shown enough to prove he has a lot to offer the club.

Gerrard said: 'It's a really positive signing. Let's hope he is the next Steven Gerrard. That's what good football clubs do - they replace their best players. Liverpool needs a new Gerrard and it will need a new Jamie Carragher.

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'I saw Jordan at first hand for two or three days with England and he is a good player with energy.'

After three months on the sidelines Gerrard has also announced he is fit, raring to go and ready to help Kenny Dalglish's on-going revolution at Anfield starting next season. 

Gerrard had to sit out the closing stages of the Red's season, following a traumatic training ground injury which left him requiring surgery on his damaged groin.

The blow limited the England international to just 24 appearances all term, a frustrating time for the skipper as he has to watch Dalglish transform the club from relegation candidates into European hopefuls.

But, after a period of rehabilitation, Gerrard, 31, is now ready to face the challenges of the new season. 

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'I know what I can do and I know the challenge ahead for me. I welcome all that. Right now, I'm just steaming for a game of football again.

'I've not kicked a ball for a long time, probably the longest I have gone in my career, and I can't wait to get back now.

'I am excited about playing under Kenny Dalglish, just like the team did at the end of the season, which was going forward. We were playing with bottle and character and going all out to beat teams. And that always suits my style of playing.'

Liverpool were just pipped to fifth place by Tottenham who took the Europa League berth for next term, but Gerrard, who has been undergoing intensive physiotherapy, is hopeful the club can push on to greater things.

'For two or three hours each day I will have to work on my body to make sure I am right,' said Gerrard, who turned 31 last month. 'But I don't see that as a chore. This is me getting right for Liverpool Football Club.

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'I have started doing yoga a couple of times a week as well. It absolutely wipes you out. People who think you turn up and you're just posing in different shapes should have a go!

'Sometimes it is important to stay grounded and have a little reality check. The last two results will help next season because it sends a message to players and fans that we are not the finished article.

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