Steven Gerrard captained Liverpool’s last Champions League winning side in 2005 (Picture: Getty)Steven Gerrard believes Jordan Henderson must start at the heart of Liverpool’s midfield in tomorrow’s Champions League final against Tottenham.
An injury to Naby Keita has only marginally made Jurgen Klopp’s midfield selection dilemma less complicated, with club skipper Henderson vying with the likes of Fabinho, James Milner and Gini Wijnaldum.
Klopp has regularly extolled the virtues of the England international this season but still saw fit to leave him out of the starting line-up for the first leg semi-final defeat at Barcelona before Keita’s season was ended by injury.
With Henderson back in the team, Liverpool astonishingly overturned a 3-0 first leg deficit to reach their second successive showpiece European final.
Georginio Wijnaldum scored twice in Liverpool’s epic semi-final comeback against Barcelona (Picture: Getty)Wijnaldum scored twice after coming off the bench at half-time and subsequently admitted he was angry at having been dropped but Gerrard, Liverpool’s most recent Champions League winning captain, believes whoever misses out against Tottenham must do so at the expense of Henderson.
Gerrard told BBC Radio 5 Live: ‘I’ve always been a fan of Jordan Henderson, I believe he’s a selfless player, I think he does a lot of work for the team that goes unnoticed.
‘I know what he’s like on and off the pitch. He puts himself behind everyone else; he’s just that type of person.
‘I think he’s more than capable of winning any football match that he’s playing in and I think of late, certainly since he’s been playing a further forward role, he’s taken more responsibility and has been one of Liverpool’s most consistent players.
Steven Gerrard has been impressed by Jordan Henderson’s development at Liverpool this season (Picture: Getty)‘I’ve watched him and spoke to him and said ‘Jordan, you need to maybe try to do things yourself rather than doing the easy thing.’
‘Because he’s very capable of playing the final pass or the excellent delivery in and he’s capable of scoring from the edge of the box and running into the box to set a goal up.
‘Jordan will do all the dirty running and do all the covering and all the organising. I think he’s matured a lot and he’s taken more on, on the pitch.’
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