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Jordan Henderson Ready for More Responsibility After Steven Gerrard's Exit

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With Steven Gerrard heading off to Los Angeles, Jordan Henderson is ready to take up the captain's mantle ahead of what's a critical season for Liverpool.

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Even though he was named vice-captain early last season, Jordan Henderson found himself in the strange position of not knowing whether or not his role as deputy would actually turn into a more permanent post as first-team captain. With Steven Gerrard leaving the club for LA Galaxy, Liverpool will need someone to take up the armband, and while Henderson was named the heir apparent for the campaign gone by, both player and manager have made it clear that nothing is guaranteed ahead of next season.

Regardless of what Brendan Rodgers has said--or not said, given his complete silence since the fallout from their disastrous loss at Stoke City on the season's final day--Henderson is obviously one of the favorites to become the captain full-time now that Gerrard is gone, an honor that the former Sunderland academy product would welcome:

"I've always wanted to take more responsibility, especially at the stage of my career I'm at. I feel I'm getting a bit older now, a bit more mature and of course I want to take more responsibility for the team but, at the same time, I think it's up to all of us as a team to take more responsibility on the pitch and make sure we put in good performances.

"When I've been vice-captain I've just tried to do my best for the team as I always have and to learn as much as I can from Stevie, like I have from when I first came to the club. But we've got a lot of captains and a lot of leaders in the dressing room so I'm sure whoever he [Rodgers] picks, the lads will be right behind him."

There are likely four in the running for captain aside from Henderson at the present moment; Martin Skrtel is in contention after news of a contract extension, while each of Lucas, Mamadou Sakho, and newcomer James Milner have found themselves in the discussion for the captaincy ahead of next season.

None of the names mentioned would be a poor choice, and regardless of who ends up with the armband on a permanent basis to start the 2015-2016 campaign, he'll surely have the support of the squad, and will hopefully oversee a successful first season without Steven Gerrard as skipper.