Will Either Man Emerge From Steven Gerrard’s Shadow?

Date: 3rd February 2013 at 11:00 am
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Henderson and Gerrard of Liverpool FCIT is hard to picture life at without . He has given his all for the club for fourteen full years, providing fans with plenty of memorable moments.

But all good things must end and so too will the illustrious career of Liverpool’s . Unfortunately that end is approaching quicker than most fans would like to admit so it becomes necessary to look at the club without him.

In a recent statement following the FA Cup defeat to Oldham, manager highlighted his belief that Liverpool have been too reliant on their captain.

It seems that playing every minute of every league game this season is starting to wear on the skipper with him looking out of place and out of gas at times in the second half against Arsenal.

And who can blame him?

Gerrard is thirty-two now and surely does not have the stamina that he possessed in his younger years. It’s important for Liverpool to start to groom a successor. However, I’m not sure someone can fill the shoes of the captain solely on their own. Instead it may have to be replacement by committee.

As its uncertain which players will be with the team in the future, one has to look at the current squad now. Upon doing so there are some signs of encouragement. and , two young players with great potential that still have their better years ahead of them. Although neither can be argued to be on the same plane as Steven Gerrard an argument can be made for what lies ahead for these two midfielders.

Henderson and Shelvey are both young British talents that have experience captaining the youth sides, showing that they each possess leadership; one of Gerrard’s greatest qualities. The midfielders have also exhibited great energy, another one of Steven Gerrard’s most redeeming characteristics. These are things that cannot be taught, one has to be born with them. And although these budding players may not possess the passing, shooting, or organizational ability of Liverpool’s captain, the good news is that they can learn these skills.

Both of these players have shown promise; a glimpse of the potential that is waiting to be tapped. Now time is all they need. Given time, these players can mature into the successful and talented players that they have showed signs of. They can emerge as the future of Liverpool, ready to carry the torch when Liverpool’s beloved captain has finally hung up his boots.

It is unclear how many more years Steven Gerrard has left, some arguing for two, three at the most. It remains imperative that Henderson and Shelvey learn from the captain and soak up as much of his knowledge and character that they are able to. For you see, the futures of Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, and Jonjo Shelvey are all linked together. When one decides to call it quits the others must be ready to fill the void.

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0 thoughts on “Will Either Man Emerge From Steven Gerrard’s Shadow?

  • karlitl
    3 years ago

    Jordan Henderson has the potential to take on the job,if he keeps improving whilst learning from Stevie G.he has buckets of energy & trains hard,he’s already shown he’s willing to stand up & fight for the club

    • DaveWestAus
      3 years ago

      I have to agree about Henderson,he’s looking better each time he plays! Future Souness?

  • red
    3 years ago

    We can buy one with 30m, e.g. Yaya Toure, David Silva, etc. Sorry, no hopes for Henderson and Jonjo.

  • Ozred
    3 years ago

    Both super talents. Now doing great things. Henderson was sublime against Arsenal from about the 20 minute mark and had a hand in everything.

    Shelvy a little behind and needs to find some more touch and subtlety to compliment his strong all round game.

    Bottome line though, they’re both 3 – 4 years from playing their best footy. They are also inconsistent. We need a mature 25 – 27 year old attacking midfielder to provide balance to these and other exciting young prospects.


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