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Rodgers: Stop comparing Henderson to Gerrard

The Irishman is playing down the similarities between the two midfielders.

Jordan Henderson has been in superb form of late.
Jordan Henderson has been in superb form of late.

LIVERPOOL MANAGER BRENDAN Rodgers insists that Jordan Henderson should not be labelled as “the next Steven Gerrard”.

Henderson has captained the team in Gerrard’s absence, while two impressive performances from the midfielder in wins over Manchester City and Burnley have helped to keep Rodgers’s side firmly in contention to secure a Champions League place.

The England international’s influential displays in a central role have drawn comparisons to Gerrard but the Liverpool manager is keen to play down any similarities.

“You should stop trying to put pressure on Jordan Henderson,” Rodgers told reporters.

“Just because Jordan takes corners, doesn’t mean he’s the next Steven Gerrard. Just because he shoots from outside box, doesn’t mean he’s the next Steven Gerrard.

“He’s making his own headlines. I’d tell every young player to copy Steven Gerrard.

“Jordan is improving every day. Tactically, his understanding of different systems is developing. He’s a first-class footballer.”

Rodgers also maintains that Gerrard, who is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury, faces a fight to regain a place in the team once fully fit.

“Nobody has a God-given right to walk into the team,” he warned.

“Having Steven Gerrard back will be better for our squad. There’s no story here because he’s not fit yet.”

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