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Henderson fit to fill my boots: Gerrard

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard believes new signing Jordan Henderson has the ability to succeed him as the team's driving force.



The Reds completed the signing of Henderson from Sunderland on Thursday in a deal thought to be worth around £20million.

Gerrard has been the heartbeat of the Reds' midfield for more than a decade but the Anfield hero feels the highly-rated 20-year-old Henderson could prove his natural replacement.

Gerrard, 31, said: “It's a really positive signing. Let's hope he is the next Steven Gerrard.

“That's what good football clubs do — they replace their best players. Liverpool needs a new Steven Gerrard and it will need a new Jamie Carragher.

“I saw Jordan at first hand for two or three days with England and he is a good player with energy.”

Henderson, who won an England cap against France last November, will increase competition for midfield places in a squad that already includes Lucas, Jay Spearing, Raul Meireles and Christian Poulsen.

Gerrard missed the end of last season after undergoing groin surgery but is fighting back to full fitness for the start of the next campaign.

He said: “I have confidence in what I can do. I am going to be in the best condition physically going into this season that I have been for the last 10 years.

“I am working doubly hard on my body, on my core and on strengthening my groin, which I have suffered with. The operation went well and I have nearly double the strength in the groin now than before.”

He added: “I am excited about playing under Kenny Dalglish, just like the team did at the end of the season, which was going forward. We were playing with bottle and character and going all out to beat teams. That always suits my style of playing.”

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