Jordan Henderson has used his programme notes ahead of this evening’s Premier League meeting with Bournemouth to pay tribute to Liverpool’s most experienced player, Lucas Leiva.
The Brazilian, who is in his 10th season with the Reds, made an impressive return to the starting XI as Everton were beaten 3-1 in the 228th Merseyside derby on Saturday.
In the latest edition of ‘This is Anfield’, Henderson praised the 30-year-old’s efforts in that fixture, but was also keen to underline the size of his contribution off the field as well.
The captain wrote: “Any person joining Liverpool Football Club, regardless of age, status or experience, who is looking for a role model or an example to follow then, for me, you look no further than Lucas Leiva.
“Watching the Merseyside derby at the weekend, it was a reminder to everyone why he has been, and continues to be, so valuable to this club. In simple terms he sets the standard of professionalism and attitude of what it is to be a Liverpool player.
“In the dressing room there is no-one who is respected or admired more. I think from the outside he is often portrayed as being the ‘go-to person’ for our lads from his own country of Brazil or any Spanish or Portuguese-speaking players who join Liverpool.