“I take my hat off to him”


Liverpool legend Dietmar Hamann has joined talkSPORT to respond to claims that Jordan Henderson is a ‘better captain than Steven Gerrard has ever been’ – and he didn’t exactly disagree with the ‘bold’ suggestion .

A few Reds fans will eat their words after Henderson’s exploits in their Champions League win over Inter Milan.

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Liverpool have one foot in the Champions League quarter-finals

A 2-0 win looked unlikely before Henderson came on in the 60th minute

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A 2-0 win looked unlikely before Henderson came on in the 60th minute

Henderson entered the fray with Liverpool under the coach at the San Siro and, along with Naby Keita, restored a calm in midfield that put the Reds on course for a relatively comfortable 2-0 win.

The Liverpool captain has been criticized for his form this season, but his performance against Inter showed exactly why he is such a valued member of the squad and one of Jurgen Klopp’s trusted generals.

And in the eyes of Reds fan Hallum, he offers more in terms of leadership than club legend Steven Gerrard ever did.

“He came and strengthened our midfield,” Hallum told Sports Bar.

“He’s had a lot of batting from a lot of Liverpool fans, but for me personally, and a lot of people will disagree with that, he’s a better captain than Steven Gerrard ever was.

“No comparison as a player, but in terms of a captain he’s probably the best Liverpool captain we’ve had in the last 20-30 years.

Jurgen Klopp once said that Henderson replacing Gerrard as Liverpool captain was

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Jurgen Klopp once said that Henderson replacing Gerrard as Liverpool captain was “the hardest job in football”. Henderson has done a great job since


“Steven Gerrard led by example, he asked Jamie Carragher to do the more traditional captain things behind him, Henderson is more of a traditional captain.”

Ex-Red Hamann, who played alongside Gerrard at Anfield, didn’t go so far as to say Henderson was a better captain.

But he was full of praise for the character the 31-year-old has shown recently and throughout his time at Anfield.

Responding to claims that Henderson is a better captain than Gerrard was, Hamann told talkSPORT Breakfast: “It’s certainly a bold statement.

“Henderson has been hanging on since signing a new contract. I think he’s one of the few players who won over the fans because he came over from Sunderland for £20m and after 12 months people were saying he wasn’t good enough.

“The transformation he had and the way he took over the captaincy from Stevie, you have to take your hat off to the boy.

Henderson replaced Gerrard as Liverpool captain in 2015

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Henderson replaced Gerrard as Liverpool captain in 2015

“It’s not an easy thing to do, to win over the fans at Liverpool, and he’s one of the few players to do that.

“Who is the better captain, I don’t know… Stevie was a more attacking player, Hendo is a more holding player.

“Hendo has probably played in better teams. If you look at the teams Stevie played on or when I was there, I don’t think you compare them.

“They’re a good team. Most years we had a good team, but we were definitely not as good as them.

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