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Jordan Henderson pays tribute to ex-Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers in program notes

Brendan doesn’t get the credit he deserves: Jordan Henderson pays tribute to ex-Liverpool boss Rodgers in his first program notes as Premier League winner, thanking him for ‘brave’ call to captain

  • Jordan Henderson became Liverpool captain after Steven Gerrard left
  • Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers then gave Henderson the bracelet
  • Henderson has now thanked Rodgers for the role he played in his development
  • The newly crowned Premier League champions will take on Aston Villa on Sunday

Jordan Henderson thanked Brendan Rodgers for the role the ex-Liverpool trainer had played in his development – and handing over the captaincy five years ago.

After Steven Gerrard left the club in the summer of 2015, Rodgers appointed Henderson as the new club captain.

Although Rodgers was fired in October of that year, Henderson has given the club English, European and worldly glory for the past 14 months – and the former Sunderland man has not forgotten Rodgers’ pivotal role in his career.

Jordan Henderson became Liverpool captain in 2015 after Steven Gerrard left the club

Jordan Henderson became Liverpool captain in 2015 after Steven Gerrard left the club

Henderson has now thanked Rodgers for the role he played in the midfielder's career

Henderson has now thanked Rodgers for the role he played in the midfielder's career

Henderson has now thanked Rodgers for the role he played in the midfielder’s career

“I don’t think Brendan will be getting the credit he deserves on the outside for the role he played on our trip as a club,” Henderson said in his program notes pending Sunday’s game against Aston Villa.

“But I know from the inside, from people who know and understand it, it is greatly appreciated. You just have to listen to our gaffer speaking now.

“When Jürgen says that one of the biggest things that attracted him to come to Liverpool in the first place was because it was an excellent team, in great shape, you realize how important Brendan was.

“He made me a captain and it was a brave choice. I was still young and I am sure he could have chosen other candidates who had more experience.

“Everything he saw in me made him think I was worthy of that honor, I don’t know, but I couldn’t be more grateful.

Henderson thinks Rodgers appoint him as captain, he said was a “brave choice”

“Again, Brendan is a person who invested a lot of time and energy in me as a professional, and I learned so much from him and his employees at the time.”

The newly crowned Premier League champions face Villain on Sunday afternoon, in their first game at Anfield since winning their first top flight title in 30 years.

Jurgen Klopp’s side will look back on Thursday evening after a disappointing 4-0 defeat in Manchester City.

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