'Leadership' is a word regularly used by Brendan Rodgers and the manager's appreciation for players showing the characteristic has clearly made an impression on Jordan Henderson.

The Liverpool midfielder, now beginning his fourth campaign at Anfield, provides evidence of his maturity through a variety of methods each time he steps onto the turf.

It might be by sharing helpful instructions with a teammate, or vocally motivating those around him with a sharp burst of noise, or even simply setting an example with his work-rate.

Whatever the means, it is a responsibility that the No.14 embraces wholesale. "I try to help people as much as I can," he tells Liverpoolfc.com inside Melwood.

"Whether that is giving them confidence or instruction, I try to do as much as I can to help the team. I think that's important sometimes.

"That's just the way people are; some people are vocal, some people aren't. People lead in different ways, whether that's setting an example on or off the pitch.

"It depends what type of person you are and everybody is different. I feel that we've got a good mix in the group."


Though still just 24, Henderson finds himself as one of the more experienced players that Rodgers can call upon, having arrived on Merseyside more than three years ago.

Digging deeper into the subject, he continues: "I feel more of a senior member because there are a lot of young lads in the team.

"They are doing fantastically well, the players that have come through the youth system or we have bought. We've got some good leaders in the squad and it's a really good mix."

The midfielder's rapid evolution - that took in a starting berth for England at the World Cup this summer - bore particular fruit during a pitch-perfect 2013-14 season.

Ever concerned with the next stage of any individual's development, the boss has already highlighted an aspect of Henderson's game that can progress.

He agrees: "I've spoken to the gaffer and getting more goals is one area of my game that I would like to improve.

"A lot of us have got to chip in with more goals, especially from midfield. Hopefully I can work on that and I can improve. I'll try to do so."