By Alex Stevens
Steven Gerrard has told critics to lay off the current Liverpool captain, Jordan Henderson.
In an interview with The Mirror, Gerrard – currently pondering his future with his contract at LA Galaxy due to expire in November – says the criticism levelled at Henderson is unfair and people should judge him on his own merits and for what he gives to the club.
“I think criticism happens a lot in football, I’ve had it myself,” said Gerrard. “It’s all about different eras. We see players described as the next Paul Gascoigne, the next Bobby Moore, the next this, that and the other, and that’s not fair on players.
“People have got to judge Jordan Henderson for Jordan Henderson. What does he give to the team, what does he give to his team-mates around him? I know this kid and he has come out of Sunderland and has gone to a big club.
“He didn’t get off to the best of starts – he knows that himself – but he has worked tremendously hard to improve in every single department.
“He really cares. He goes home and tries everything he can to be the best at what he does so he should be judged on what he brings to the team.
“He has shown bits of quality in games this season – especially in the win at Chelsea. The way he presses, the work rate, the high intensity. He is prepared to do the dirty work.
“Then there is his passing which is excellent and look at that goal at Stamford Bridge. If any other player had scored that goal the world would have gone nuts. That’s the goal of the season for me so far.”
The former Sunderland youth player signed for Liverpool in 2011 for £15m and has played 221 games for the Anfield club across all competitions, scoring 23 goals and providing 35 assists.
Gerrard’s contract with LA Galaxy expires in November and the Liverpool legend is pondering his next move as he faces talks with the club.
“I’m wondering whether I should play on for a little bit longer or whether I should call it a day,” said Gerrard. “I haven’t 100 per cent decided on that yet.”
He has said previously that Liverpool is the only Premier League club he would play for.
In other Liverpool news, Klopp reveals why he was so angry after the victory against Swansea on Saturday.