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Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson lined up to succeed Steven Gerrard as captain

• Brendan Rodgers says midfielder is a natural candidate
• Vice-captain Henderson has learnt well from Gerrard
• Dave Beasant’s penalty save in 1988 FA Cup final

Brendan Rodgers made Jordan Henderson his vice-captain at the start of the season and the Liverpool manager says the midfielder is a natural candidate to take over the captaincy once Steven Gerrard has left.

Rodgers, whose team face AFC Wimbledon at Kingsmeadow on Monday night, said: “I think Jordan Henderson has all the leadership attributes, that was one of the reasons I made him vice-captain. I felt he had no greater captain to learn from than Steven, he was benefiting from his example even before he was vice-captain, but certainly in that new role he has been in pole position in terms of learning from a great, how the job works on and off the field. So when the day comes that Steven does move on we feel we have someone there to offer the same wisdom and knowledge even if he is a different type of player.”

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