Pundit: This Liverpool midfielder is really starting to assert himself

Kevin Kilbane has been impressed with Jordan Henderson's progress as Liverpool captain this season

Jordan Henderson is really starting to assert himself as Liverpool captain, according to Kevin Kilbane.

The England international has been in superb form in the 2016-17 Premier League campaign so far in the heart of Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Liverpool were 4-1 winners against Stoke City in the Premier League on Wednesday night thanks to goals from Roberto Firmino, Adam Lallana, Daniel Sturridge and an own goal.

The 18-time English champions are in second place and six points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea after 18 games ahead of the visit of title rivals Manchester City at Anfield on New Year’s Eve.

Henderson has played every minute of Liverpool’s Premier League campaign so far, scoring one goal and making four assists in 18 appearances.

Former Everton defender Kilbane has been impressed with how Henderson has stepped up after taking over the captain’s armband from Steven Gerrard in 2015.

“Jordan Henderson replaced Steven Gerrard and had such big shoes to fill but he is slowly but surely beginning to assert himself as a Liverpool captain,” Kilbane told BBC Sport.

Henderson moved to Liverpool in a £20m deal from Sunderland in 2011.

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Liverpool have only lost to Burnley and Bournemouth in the Premier League this term.

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