Liverpool’s Henderson draws inspiration from Gerrard
Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson admits that returning skipper Steven Gerrard is an "inspiration" for everyone at Anfield
Jordan Henderson believes the return of Steven Gerrard has given Liverpool a timely boost going into the second half of the season.
The Liverpool skipper came off the bench to score the Reds’ third against Newcastle in a 3-1 victory at Anfield following a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a groin, and then an ankle problem.
And Henderson, 21, admits he is thrilled to be playing alongside the England international as the Reds prepare to take on league leaders Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.
“Steven is an inspiration for everyone here,” Henderson told Liverpool’s website. “You could see that when he came on against Newcastle, the whole atmosphere of the place lifted and on the pitch everyone lifted a gear.
“I don’t know why we pushed our game on when Steven came on. But I think that shows just how good he is. He can change games and is a massive player for Liverpool.
“He is a massive threat to the opposition. He showed that with a great touch and a great finish for his goal.”
Henderson believes he will benefit from playing with the talismanic Liverpool skipper. “You learn things in training off different players,” he continued.
“I’ve learned a lot from Steven in training and when he’s played in games and now he’s back I hope to learn even more.
“Everyone knows he is an outstanding player and it’s a real plus for us that he’s back.
“I do try and watch him and see how he does things, and there are great players at Liverpool that I can try and learn from.
“I need to concentrate on my own game and keep on improving. Hopefully players like Stevie can help me do that.”