Gerrard gives no-holds-barred assessment of job being carried out at Liverpool by Henderson
By Emma Sanders
Steven Gerrard has revealed what it really feels like to be the captain of Liverpool in a new book that highlights the pressure Jordan Henderson is under.
Liverpool Captains includes interviews with Gerrard and former teammate Jamie Carragher and it shares the burdens and the highs of wearing the armband.
Gerrard, who was the club’s longest serving captain before handing the mantle to current skipper Henderson, has revealed it wasn’t all good and there were moments when it was unpleasant.
“You need to be thick-skinned to be captain,” said Gerrard, as reported by the Liverpool Echo.
“Before you accept the responsibility of being captain for Liverpool Football Club you’ve got to tell yourself: ‘There will be good days and bad days.’
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“If you can’t handles the low days when the s**t hits the fan and everyone’s out to get you, if you can’t handle those days mentally, don’t take the job.
“I felt that pressure, but I loved it, even on bad days.I dreamed about wearing the captain’s armband from when I was about 10 so when I got it, I wanted to enjoy it.”
The former midfielder was captain of the club for 12 years during a career laden with records, honours and silverware.
Gerrard left Liverpool in 2015 after making 710 appearances and scoring 186 goals with the club and moved to LA Galaxy.
He famously won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005 as captain before almost single-handedly winning his side the FA Cup the year afterwards with heroics in the final against West Ham.
As well as interviews with Gerrard, the book contains insight from 16 other Liverpool captains including Ian Rush, John Barnes, Robbie Fowler, Sami Hyypia and Jamie Redknapp.
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