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Steven Gerrard: Liverpool are better with Jordan Henderson in the team

Steven Gerrard has praised Jordan Henderson's midfield attributes and believes he faces extra scrutiny due to the fact he is Liverpool captain.

Henderson inherited the captain's armband in July 2015 when Gerrard left Liverpool for LA Galaxy.

He has recently returned from a hamstring injury and Gerrard feels Liverpool are much stronger when Henderson is in the starting XI.

"The armband comes with big pressure and big responsibility, so Jordan probably gets judged differently to every other player -- I did when I played," Gerrard told the club's website. "You don't see that as being unfair. You just have to take it on the chin.

"I think we're a better team with him in the XI. I think he brings an awful lot to the game that I appreciate as a midfielder.

"It's one of these things -- from game to game, people change their opinions. It's just part and parcel of being a player in this day and age with the social media and the attention on every single position. Players just have to accept it."

Meanwhile, Trent Alexander-Arnold's development as a first-team player comes as "no shock," Gerrard said.

Alexander-Arnold, 19, has made 17 appearances for Jurgen Klopp's side this season, with Gerrard, now Liverpool's under-18s coach, confident the young full-back is going to continue to improve.

"[I'm] very pleased but not surprised," Gerrard said. "I worked with Trent when he was a kid before he progressed into the first team and it's no shock or surprise to me that he's finding his consistency.

"What you've got to remember is, Trent's body is going to change. He's going to get fitter, he's going to get stronger, he's going to get more experienced. He's going to get better and better, which is a very exciting thought for all Liverpool fans."