Whenever a new season nears, it’s inevitable clubs and players will face questions about players who have left. For Liverpool, with Steven Gerrard departing, it was always going to be a summer that felt the potential start of a new era.
That new era will see Jordan Henderson wearing the armband, the first new face filling the captain’s role after a decade with Gerrard in charge. And the hope is that the club and fans can now quickly move on, not getting caught dwelling on the past.
“I’ve enjoyed it,” said Henderson of his experience so far taking on a new role as club captain this season. “Last season was good preparation for me in terms of being vice-captain, and whenever Stevie was out I tried to step in as best I could.
“Learning from a leader and role model like him has helped me a lot to lead this club as best I can, but I don’t really think it’s about taking over from Stevie. He was an influential player for years and a great leader but you’ve got to move on from that."
So far, the signs have been promising, and Liverpool have looked good in their first three pre-season games. Even more will be expected when they return to England and begin work on integrating new signings Roberto Firmino and Christian Benteke into the squad.
First, though, they have their last match of the pre-season tour to worry about, against a Malaysia XI on Friday at 1:45PM BST/8:45AM EST, as Henderson and the rest of the touring players look to end their trip on a high note.
“I’ve been given more responsibility for the team,” added the midfielder. “The biggest thing for is making sure everything around the team is perfect, and I’ll just try to continue to do my best and hope we have a successful season.”