Jordan Henderson will go down "one of the top captains" in Liverpool's history, says the legendary Jamie Carragher.

Carragher was vice-skipper to Steven Gerrard for much of a 737-game career that spanned 17 years at Anfield, including two of them as a team-mate of Henderson who joined from Sunderland in 2011.

Between June 2019-2020, Henderson, who took the armband from Gerrard five years ago, skippered Liverpool to the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA's Club World Cup and the Premier League title.

It's been a trophy laden 12 months for Henderson following runners-up medals in the League Cup, Europa League, Champions League and Premier League previously with the Reds.

Henderson will now become the first Liverpool captain since 1990 to lift the league title when the Reds host Chelsea at Anfield on July 22.

And Carragher saluted the 30-year-old for his perseverance and persistence during a career that has not always been plain sailing on Merseyside, describing his former colleague as a "role model" for younger players across England.

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Carragher told the ECHO: "He is one of the top captains at the club or one of the most successful captains at the club.

"It's very difficult to create history at Liverpool because there has been so much of it in the past and no matter what you achieve someone has already done it or done it better, that is the nature of the club.

"But I think that is the nature of this team now - can they go on and do things that maybe haven't been done before? There's probably very few of those available.

"But for Jordan, I have always been a massive fan of him. At times, people have been critical of him and I just couldn't get my head around that at all, I am not trying to be clever, after the event. If you are a manager or a lad in the dressing room, you want as many Jordan Hendersons in there as possible.

"A fantastic professional, great player, trains well every day, sets the example. He's a leader and people look up to him.

"Him and James Milner in that dressing room with the leadership qualities they show, I am just delighted for Jordan and his family for what they have been through off the pitch with personal things as well.

"And I just think he is a massive example, not for people from Liverpool, but for young players in academies up and down the country what perseverance does for you and where it can get you.

"It's not all about talent and Jordan has got great talent, but it is not all about that. If you have a mentality like he's got with the perseverance and you make sure you get everything you can out of your career, he should be a role model for everyone at an academy across the country."

Carragher noted the success in last season's Champions League final in Madrid as the catalyst for what has followed under Jurgen Klopp with the 2005 European Cup winner detailing the confidence a player takes from lifting the biggest trophy in club football.

"What it does for you as a player is it puts you on a pedestal that you didn't think you were capable of," Carragher told the ECHO in an exclusive, sit-down chat.

"So when I was playing for Liverpool, I didn't think I was good enough to win a Champions League. I watched Champions League finals and I thought I wasn't that level of player.

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"But when you do, you're justified in thinking you're at a certain level and I think confidence and belief-wise, that would have been a huge filip for Liverpool when they came back to pre-season.

"Obviously they ran Manchester City pretty close and got to the Champions League final and lost the year before. But once you've got your hands on that trophy or if you win the league first and you're going for the Champions League.

"Whenever you are going for one of the big two, I think the belief and confidence and a bit of arrogance it gives you as a player, I think Liverpool have got that now and I don't think that will go away any time soon."