Emre Can believes Jordan Henderson's Liverpool story serves as the perfect example of the benefits of adopting a never-say-die attitude to all young players.

The midfielder put pen to paper on a new contract with the Reds on Thursday, committing his long-term future to the club.

It's the latest high point in an incredible journey for Henderson since he arrived at Anfield back in the summer of 2011.

Then, he pitched up at Melwood as a raw, but talented, 20-year-old from Sunderland. Nearly four years on, and 180 appearances later, he's Liverpool's vice-captain and one of the key components of Brendan Rodgers' squad.

It's a path that Can feels many can learn from as they look to make a mark of their own.

Reflecting on the news, the German told Liverpoolfc.com: "You should never give up and you can see that Jordan has never given up.

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"He has had the confidence shown in him and it's great that he has been able to captain the team. He has got a lot of qualities and you can see that on the training ground every day, as well as every game. He's deserved to be the captain.

"I can learn a lot from him - I am a couple of years younger than Jordan. He gives 100 per cent all the time and he works hard on his own game. He is full of confidence and never gives up. He is always there for the team, both on and off the pitch.

"[Philippe] Coutinho has also just signed [a new contract], and that shows the club has got a great future with young players. It's great that young players are signing these contracts for the club."

It's not just on the pitch where Henderson has provided inspiration for his teammates - and Can feels his leadership qualities extend beyond his on-field exertions.

"He is a leader on the pitch and he is always there for you, including off the pitch," added the No.23.

"You can always go and talk to him. He is a great lad. He likes to have a laugh and a joke, but he also knows when it's time to be serious.

"He is more of a quiet character but when push comes to shove, he's not shy in coming forward in saying what has to be done."