Jordan Henderson taking over the captaincy from Steven Gerrard was up there with the toughest of jobs in football. It was like taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United manager.
You don't want to follow the man. You want to follow the man who followed the man.
I know what the pressure of pulling on that armband is like. A lot of people might just see the letter 'C' alongside a name on the team sheet and think nothing more of it. You do when you are the captain of Liverpool football club, believe me.
Jordan Henderson captained Liverpool for the 100th time in victory against Arsenal
When you walk out as the skipper at Anfield, you think of the players of the past who have performed the same role.
You think about Graham Souness, Phil Thompson, Alan Hansen and more. You think about what they did as captains and what you could do too. So many greats wore this armband for Liverpool… can I do it justice?
I'm sure Henderson will have thought the same. He won't have taken being named the new leader of this club lightly, especially after taking over from a legend like Gerrard.
The former Sunderland man has dealt very well with high levels of pressure and expectation
Henderson was under pressure. There was expectation on the England midfielder, and he got a lot of stick at times. He had his haters, but he has hushed them all.
The 29-year-old from Sunderland became a centurion on Saturday afternoon. That was the 100th time he walked out as Liverpool captain in the Premier League.
I have never been to watch my former side and left thinking Henderson did not have a right good go. At the very least, he puts in a shift. You can always count on him to give his all.
He has not got Gerrard's X Factor in midfield, but who has? He was one of a kind. But Henderson is still worth his weight in gold for what he offers Liverpool, on and off the pitch. He does what he does brilliantly. He's not flash, he's not flamboyant. He just does his job.
In club legend Steven Gerrard, Henderson had impossible footsteps to follow in
There were always going to be questions asked of Henderson when he became captain. 'But he's not Gerrard,' you would hear people say, and that's fine. That's their prerogative.
But no one will ever replace Gerrard, really. How do you follow the King of the Kop? Henderson took on the toughest of tasks when he was handed the armband at the Anfield club, and we cannot fault his endeavour.
On June 1, he won the Champions League in Madrid after his team beat Tottenham. That saw him become only the fifth Liverpool captain to lift the European Cup, following on from Emlyn Hughes,