Having led Liverpool to Premier League and Champions League titles, it’s hardly a stretch to suggest that Jordan Henderson is now the most successful captain the club has had in the Premier League era.
Despite that, at times it can feel as though his importance can be overlooked. Most often by fans of other clubs, but even by some Liverpool fans who judge a player’s impact by the number of Hollywood balls they launch.
Rising star attacker Harvey Elliott, though, isn’t in that camp, as the young winger—currently on loan with Blackburn in the Championship—says he classes Henderson amongst Liverpool’s all-time legends.
“I don’t think anyone appreciates him as much as they should,” Elliott said on Counter Attack. “Henderson is a legend on and off of the pitch, I can’t say enough nice things about him. He’s just a top captain.
“He’s everything you want in a captain. He’s a leader on the pitch and off it. He wants to have an effect on things; wants to put things in line and show everyone is on the same page and bring people up with him.
“Ever since I walked through the door at Liverpool, he’s always taken me under his wing, he’s always onto me working hard in training, always wanting me to be the best possible version of myself.”
While Elliott has shared most of his time with Henderson on the training pitch, given his strong showing for Blackburn there seems a good chance he’ll be a first team regular at Liverpool next season.
Add that to Henderson’s return from injury—along with the return of players like Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez—and hopes will be high for Liverpool’s captain to lead this group back to silverware in 2021-22.
“I can’t say enough about him,” Elliott added. “He’s someone I look up to a lot. Obviously him and Steven Gerrard as [captains] well, he’s just a legend.”