London: Jordan Henderson will become an even better player this season despite the additional responsibility of captaining Liverpool, according to the club`s manager Brendan Rodgers.
England international Henderson faces the daunting task of taking over the captain`s armband as well as a key midfield role from Anfield hero Steven Gerrard, who has signed for the LA Galaxy.
But Rodgers told the club`s in-house television station LFCTV on Monday that he would flourish.
"When I was aware that Stevie was going I wanted to look at somebody who would be a great ambassador for Liverpool on and off the pitch," he said.
"You have a huge responsibility on a worldwide basis.
"Jordan was one I thought about and once I saw him grow and develop as vice-captain, I felt sure he could be a captain.
"I told him to do it his way and have his own ideas and I think he`ll have an outstanding year and really blossom with the captaincy."
Currently on tour in Australia, where they beat Adelaide United 2-0 on Monday, Liverpool begin their Premier League campaign at Stoke City on August 9.
They then face Arsenal, Manchester United, neighbours Everton, Chelsea and Manchester City in their next five away games.