Jordan Henderson has proved he is the new Steven Gerrard, claims Fabio Aurelio

Jordan Henderson is the club captain and a true leader at Liverpool (Picture: Getty)

Jordan Henderson has done exactly the job he was brought to Liverpool to do – replace Steven Gerrard.

That’s the opinion of Fabio Aurelio, who played alongside both men during his six-year stint at Anfield.

Henderson arrived at the club in 2011 as a £20million signing from boyhood club Sunderland, a mere 20-year-old who was the first signing then-manager Kenny Dalglish made since being confirmed as permanent boss for the second time.

The Reds were criticised for overpaying for the player but the club captain is now a Champions League winner and Aurelio believes he has fulfilled the brief of taking over the mantel of Gerrard since he left the club in 2015.

‘He has responded to the expectation of everyone at the club,’ Aurelio said.

I remember when he came, it was kind of to support [Steven] Gerrard and replace him in the future.

‘He has done the job and completed what everyone expected from him. He has more to do, I’m sure of that.’

The one feather missing from Henderson’s cap remains the Premier League title after missing out last year by a solitary point.

Jordan Henderson replaced Steven Gerrard as captain in the Liverpool midfield (Picture: Getty)

The England international was also part of the side that finished second in 2014 while Aurelio’s Liverpool were beaten to top honours by Manchester United in 2009 despite only losing twice in the league.

However, the club has moved on since then in terms of players and stadium with the Brazilian full-back, who remains a Reds supporter, blown away by the improvements to the famous ground.

‘It’s amazing. It’s a completely new experience now after the changes [to the stadium],’ Aurelio added.

‘I was here in 2014 for a holiday but it was July so there were no games, no football. It was a big pity because I would have liked to come back to Anfield.

‘But now I had the opportunity for a massive game. I can see around how different it is and how big Liverpool has become. It was already big but now you can see how they grow, with the trophies and the [way the] team are playing.

Fabio Aurelio had the chance to see Henderson’s transition at Liverpool (Picture: Getty)

‘It is amazing to be back and feel that very good atmosphere here.

‘I follow a lot through TV, most of the games in Brazil.

‘It was good to be the first [Brazilian at the club] and open the door.

‘I’m happy that most of the Brazilian guys that came after me did much better than me! That’s good as well.

‘I’m always following them and supporting Liverpool as a big fan back in Brazil.’


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