Jordan Henderson has stepped out of Steven Gerrard’s shadow to become his own player at Liverpool, according to talkSPORT’s Tony Cascarino.
Henderson scored his first Champions League goal in seven years on Wednesday night, scoring a glorious late-game winner against AC Milan.
The Italians had surprisingly reversed a 1-0 deficit, before Mohamed Salah equalized and Henderson exploded in the long-range strike brilliantly taken from a clear corner.
The Sunderland-born midfielder took on the Liverpool captain’s armband from talismanic club legend Steven Gerrard in 2015, and has faced unwelcome comparisons ever since.
Cascarino believes such comparisons are no longer warranted, as he claimed during the GameDay breakfast on Saturday morning.
“He’s always been in Steven Gerrard’s shadow because Gerrard was a legend at club soccer,” Cascarino said.
“He’s become his own man at Anfield, the way he plays, he always wants the ball, he never shies away from the ball, he always wants it even though his game isn’t quite the day.”
Henderson signed a contract extension with Liverpool until 2025 last month, ending any speculation about his future.
Cascarino believes a new four-year deal was well justified as the midfielder no longer needs to prove himself after capturing Liverpool in the Champions League and Premier League.
“I say the word ‘but’ is used so often because so many people talk about Jordan Henderson and as soon as they finish their sentence they’re going to say ‘but’,” Cascarino explained.
“And I kind of think there’s no ‘but’ with Jordan Henderson he’s got everything, he’s got everything you expect from a central midfielder.”
Gerrard was famous for his big winning goals during his Liverpool career, which Henderson unsurprisingly failed to match.
However, his midweek goal was another feather in the midfielder’s cap, alongside his impressive 200-game armband tally.
“Liverpool fans have always had this Steven Gerrard moment in mind, you know the Olympiacos goal,” Cascarino said.
“The team need something and Jordan doesn’t do that often enough, where he plays a central role in a goal or really gets something moving, and I thought the midweek goal was a defining moment for him. as a player. “
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