Given his status as Liverpool captain, and a key player in their recent success, it’s never surprising to hear people look up to Jordan Henderson.
The midfielder has broken down barriers during his time at Liverpool, going from unwanted player to captain, leader, and perhaps in future, legend status under Jurgen Klopp since his arrival.
His story is the perfect example of perseverance and determination being key to success in football, with the midfielder having fought to earn his place at Anfield and now very much reaping the rewards from his efforts.
He is also an excellent illustration of the development of a player, having consistently adapted his game to play both deeper and box to box roles under Klopp’s guidance and establish himself as a key player under the German as a result.
It’s something he continually gets praised about and is likely to be a reference point for years to come when managers, coaches and everyone in-between look for the perfect role model for younger players.
One man who has already taken note is Simone Di Girolamo, who revealed his love for the Liverpool captain in conversation with Gazzetta Regionale.
“I’m a Lazio fan, but my idol is Jordan Henderson, captain of Liverpool,” he said.
“He’s a legend and gives me a lot of confidence on the pitch. He’s a player who, through sacrifice, has achieved a lot and lifted the most important trophies.
“There was a time when I had second thoughts about football, more or less at the beginning of the pandemic.
“Then, being at home so much, I missed it and wanted to let off steam on the pitch, so I abandoned those thoughts.
“To those who are thinking of quitting I say to resist because, this sport is made of sacrifices and now you have to make them. This virus will not last forever”.