Luis Suarez has claimed Jordan Henderson is “one of the best captains in Liverpool ’s history” after the Reds skipper led his team to the Premier League title.
Henderson is the only Liverpool captain to win domestic, European and world crowns at the club – doing all three in the past year.
The midfielder is also considered one of the candidates for the PFA Player of the Year award following his impressive performances this season.
It’s been a remarkable rise for Henderson after his initially difficult spell at Anfield, and Suarez has been full of praise for his former teammate.
“I am so happy for him because when he arrived in Liverpool they had a not-really-good moment,” Suarez told the official Liverpool website. “He came in from Sunderland and it’s difficult for an English player, when they come to a bigger club.
“I think when he had near him Steven Gerrard, he can see how Stevie is, how he is all of Liverpool. I think the best teacher he had is Steven.”
Henderson almost left Liverpool under Brendan Rodgers but opted to stay and fight for his place.
It was while Suarez was at the club that Henderson broke into the side and played an integral part in the team that narrowly missed out on the title in 2014.
After taking over armband duties from Gerrard, Henderson has gone from strength to strength under Klopp.
And Suarez feels his achievements in the last year have put Henderson on a par with some of Liverpool’s great leaders of years gone by.
“When he lifted the [Champions League] trophy, the dream is done but this season I [will be happy to] see him lifting the [Premier League] trophy because he is a really good person.
“I speak sometimes with him and I said to him, ‘You have a really good chance this season’ and he is so excited.”
“We [ Barcelona ] watch some [Liverpool] games when we can and we see that Jordan, he is the captain from the midfield.
“He speaks a lot and for his teammates this is so important, when they have confidence with the captain. For me, Jordan is one of the best captains in Liverpool’s history.”
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