Almost every time Steven Gerrard steps onto the pitch, whether it is for club or country, he looks across and sees the energetic figure of Jordan Henderson positioned alongside him.

The Liverpool and England captain sees a 23-year-old midfielder primed to contribute 90 minutes of high-intensity pressing, a range of passes short and long and an ever-increasing eye for goal.

Reds fans witnessed that blossoming throughout 2013-14 as the former Sunderland player matched his natural physical attributes with confidence, composure and authority on the ball.

He was a crucial presence throughout his team's hard-fought quest to lift the Barclays Premier League title, and fully merited inclusion in England's World Cup squad for Brazil.

It doesn't end there either; Henderson is pressing a strong claim to fill a spot next to his domestic and international skipper once the tournament gets underway for the Three Lions, against Italy on June 14.

Gerrard explained to the Daily Mail: "He's got energy to burn. He's a great athlete. And he does the dirty work as well as the more attacking stuff.

"He's improved his all-round game to build on the fact that he's a great athlete -  his short passing, his long passing, and he's getting his name on the scoresheet from time to time, setting a few up too.

"He's very grounded. He's in the gym every day, he doesn't drink; he wants to be a top professional."