English Premiership

Henderson named Liverpool skipper

2015-07-10 11:46
Jordan Henderson (AFP)

Cape Town - England international midfielder Jordan Henderson has been officially confirmed as Liverpool Football Club's new captain, the club's website confirmed on Friday.

Henderson takes the armband permanently as he prepares to begin his fifth season with the club.

He said: "I'm absolutely delighted and proud. It is a great honour and a huge privilege to be named as the captain of this football club.

"When Steven [Gerrard] wasn't in the team last season, I tried to do the best I could when I stepped in and took the armband. Now I'll be looking to carry that on and continue to grow as a captain.

"I'll look to give my best all of the time, put the team firmly first and try to give them - or help them with - whatever they need from me."

Henderson arrived at Anfield in June 2011 and has clocked up 186 appearances in establishing himself as an important figure in Brendan Rodgers' squad.

The 25-year-old midfielder assumes the role following the departure of Gerrard earlier this summer after his 12-year stint as Liverpool skipper.

Having been appointed vice-captain last September, Henderson deputised for his fellow Englishman in the 2014/15 season and has already led the team on 19 occasions.

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