The Liverpool legend has backed his former team-mate to answer his doubters with his displays, calling for an end to double standards in evaluating his worth
Steven Gerrard believes that critics of Jordan Henderson need to lay off, stating the Liverpool captain is often undervalued next to other players.
Henderson took over the captaincy at Anfield following Gerrard’s departure to LA Galaxy in 2015 and has been criticised by sections of Liverpool’s support .
Nevertheless, the England midfielder has rediscoverd his form in recent weeks after a poor start to the season, netting a stunning winner against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
And Gerrard believes that the criticism of Henderson was both unnecessary and premature, and has backed his former team-mate to keep performing.
“I think criticism happens a lot in football, I’ve had it myself,” Gerrard told Radio City Talk. “It’s all about different eras.
“We see players described as the next Paul Gascoigne, the next Bobby Moore. People have got to judge Jordan Henderson for Jordan Henderson.
“What does he give to the team, what does he give to his team-mates around him?
“He didn’t get off to the best of starts – he knows that himself – but he has worked tremendously hard to improve in every single department.
“He really cares. He has shown bits of quality in games this season – especially in the win at Chelsea. The way he presses, the work rate, the high intensity.
“Look at that goal at Stamford Bridge. If any other player had scored that goal the world would have gone nuts.”
Gerrard’s Galaxy contract is set to run out at the end of the current MLS campaign, and though the former England captain has said he is yet to decide on his future.
“I’m wondering whether I should play on for a little bit longer or whether I should call it a day. I haven’t 100 per cent decided on that yet,” he said.
“I still enjoy playing. I still love coming into training, I still love competing, so if I can carry on and there are opportunities to stay here or go somewhere else then I’ll consider it.