Former Red Steven Gerrard has compared Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson to former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes.

Gerrard played alongside Henderson for four years before he announced his retirement. The pair won the League Cup final together against Cardiff City back in 2012.

Henderson has come a long way since then, as he lifted the 2019 Champions League trophy as the captain of the Reds.

Gerrard has stated that Henderson is now running football matches that he plays in, which is why he compared the midfielder to Scholes.

“It’s no surprise to me how he is handling himself on and off the pitch, obviously I played with him for numerous years for Liverpool and England,” Gerrard told BT Sport, as cited by the Liverpool Echo.

“Very fit, athletic boy who is very selfless in how he approaches his play on the pitch. He puts everyone else before himself and when you play alongside him you appreciate the job he does for the team.

“I think over the years he has developed parts of his game, his passing range is fantastic and he’s running games with control a bit like Paul Scholes used to do it. He’s leading by example and he is always there for the team.

“I’ve watched him grow with interest as a person. He’s always been a great lad, a great teammate, unbelievable human being and it’s no surprise that people are now starting to recognise what a man he is, on and off the pitch.

“Every bit of praise he gets as a player and as a human being he deserves it because it’s true. I can guarantee it because I’ve experienced it alongside him.”

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ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT

There is no denying that Henderson’s game has improved dramatically under Reds boss Jurgen Klopp.

That particular statement can be backed up by the fact that Henderson has become a very versatile player under the German.

Liverpool’s former manager, Brendan Rodgers, did identify that Henderson was not just a good athlete.

He also identified that Henderson was a good passer of the football. It appears that Klopp also saw that Henderson was good with the ball at his feet, as he turned the Englishman into a No.6 back in 2016.

Henderson has stated further down the line that he prefers to play in his normal attacking position, but his versatility was on full display when he changed from an attacking midfielder to a defensive midfielder back in 2016.

Henderson offers more as a player these days when compared to the past, as he can play in different positions.

Henderson is not as good as Scholes. Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi believes that Scholes is the best central midfield player that he has seen in the last 15-20 years.

But, Henderson is still a very good all-round footballer, as he can play in different positions and do a solid job. That is down to Klopp.

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