Steven Gerrard has sent a heartfelt message to Jordan Henderson detailing how proud he is of his successor as Liverpool captain.
The Reds legend handed the armband to Henderson when he departed the club in 2015.
It was an unenviable task for Henderson to fill the boots of one of Liverpool’s greatest-ever players.
Since then Henderson has grown into the role as Liverpool’s leader though, spearheading their dominance and helping the club end their agonising 30-year wait for a domestic league title.
The Premier League was the only trophy Gerrard failed to win during his time at Liverpool, but he has wasted no time in congratulating his former teammate.
Gerrard posted a picture on his Instagram account of him putting the captain’s armband on Henderson.
He wrote: “Couldn’t have passed it to a better person. Proud of you mate @jhenderson.”
The now-Rangers boss added a love heart emoji at the end of his post, and Henderson commented with two love hearts in response.
Jamie Redknapp, who was captain shortly after Gerrard first broke into the Liverpool side, commented with a love heart and applause emojis, and simply wrote: “This.”
It was deemed a bold move by former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers to give Henderson the captaincy, considering the midfielder had not always been a certain starter and often faced criticism.
Henderson has previously credited Gerrard for helping him through a difficult period in his early days at Liverpool, hailing him an “inspiration”.
But Gerrard was full of his own praise for the midfielder when speaking to The Athletic earlier this month.
“It was always going to be a journey of ups and downs, bumps and bruises, highs and lows, like the majority of careers are,” Gerrard said. “I know Jordan more than most and I know what he’s put in.
“I know how hard he has fought, how hard he has worked, the shifts that he has put in and how much he helps other people.
“I know more than most what it will mean to him and what it will mean to his family when he lifts that trophy. I am so proud of him and the selfless way in which he’s put himself in this position.
“I never had any doubts. A lot of fans and a lot of people don’t see what goes on behind the scenes to get himself in this position. He deserves every bit of success that he gets. I’m so happy for him, the team and also myself as a fan.”
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