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Liverpool hand Henderson captaincy as Sterling return to training

10 July 2015, 15:01

London - Jordan Henderson has been named as Liverpool's new captain, replacing the departed Steven Gerrard, the Premier League club announced Friday, while Raheem Sterling has returned to training.

Former Sunderland midfielder Henderson has long been tipped for the captain's armband permanently since Gerrard announced that he was joining MLS side LA Galaxy.

"I'm absolutely delighted and proud. It is a great honour and a huge privilege to be named as the captain of this football club," Henderson told the club's official website.

"When Steven wasn't in the team last season, I tried to do the best I could when I stepped in and took the armband. Now I'll be looking to carry that on and continue to grow as a captain.

"I'll look to give my best all of the time, put the team firmly first and try to give them -- or help them with -- whatever they need from me," added Henderson.

Also read: Sterling escalates Liverpool battle with training no-show

The 25-year-old has been a key figure, making nearly 200 appearances for the Merseysiders since joining for 16 million (22.2m euros, $24.8m) four years ago.

The England international captained the side on occasion when Gerrard was unavailable last season.

Meanwhile, Sterling has returned to training after a two-day hiatus as speculation increases about the winger's future.

The England winger is believed to have called in sick and allegedly told the club earlier this week that he didn't want to go on their pre-season tour of Asia and Australia.

The 20-year-old is wanted by Premier League rivals Manchester City who have had two bids for Sterling turned down.

The Etihad outfit have bid 30 million and 40 million for Sterling, but Liverpool value the forward at closer to 50 million.

Manager Brendan Rodgers's relationship with Sterling appears to have strained since the player turned down a lucrative new contract worth 100,000 per week in January this year.

Former captain Gerrard, who's set to make his debut for LA Galaxy this weekend, has criticised Sterling over the ongoing dispute.

"I'm not happy with all that carry-on. He needs to go in and see the owners. You don't have to throw in illness, or refuse to go on tour," Gerrard told British broadcaster Sky Sports.

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