I wish Liverpool had 11 players like this midfield star!

Henderson joined the Reds in the summer of 2011 and formed a formidable partnership with Gerrard at the heart of midfield.

And the Kop favourite thinks the 25-year-old is an under-appreciated member of the squad and deserves to lift the Capital One Cup trophy on Sunday.

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“I have been in constant touch with my old team-mates and friends at Melwood through the season and I would love nothing more than to see Jordan Henderson lift that trophy,” he wrote in his Daily Telegraph column.

“I cannot tell you how much Jordan would deserve it.

“Something that goes unappreciated in football – and you can’t put a price on – is those players who are absolutely dedicated to their profession.

“Who from the moment they step on the training pitch are determined to learn more and make themselves the best they can be – Jordan is an example to all players.”

Gerrard admits it hasn’t been plain sailing for Henderson at Anfield following his move from Sunderland.

And he has been impressed by his dedication to the club, claiming he would love to see 11 Hendersons on the field for Liverpool.

“He had some tough times when he joined Liverpool and came through that to be named captain, only to be affected by injury just as he was given the armband at the start of this season,” he added.

“The Liverpool supporters will appreciate how tough that must have been for him, but he is a lad who would play through the pain barrier every week in order to wear that red shirt.

“He has often put his body on the line even when he was not 100 per cent at his best – give me 11 players like that.

“I’d be so proud of him if he becomes the next Liverpool captain to lift a trophy and I will not be able to send the text quick enough to congratulate him.”