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Former Sunderland midfielder has downplayed comparisons with the club captain, but admits he can learn a great deal from him as he eyes a return to the senior England side

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has admitted he does not want to follow in the footsteps of Steven Gerrard but revealed he cannot wait to play alongside the club captain.

The 21-year-old signed for the Reds in June for a reported fee of £16 million from Sunderland and many believe the youngster can be the long-term replacement for the England international.

However, Henderson is focused only on his own role in the team and is hoping to improve his game and being a success for the club.

He told the club's official website: “Steven's a great player and has been for many years at this club, so obviously a lot of us will learn from him and there's a lot of other good players here which I'm sure I'll learn off.

“It's great to be around them, learning every day and the manager and coaching staff will help us along the way as well.

“Steven's a big player and he has been for many years because he's one of the best in the world, but I just want to be myself. I don't want to follow in anyone's footsteps.

“I'll learn from Steven massively because he's a great player. There's a lot of other great players here that I'll learn from but I don't think I'm following in anyone's footsteps, especially Steven's. I've got to concentrate on what I want to do and achieve here, and hopefully that can happen.”

The former Sunderland man expressed his disappointment at the way Under-21 European Championships went for England, but feels the tournament was a good experience and can help him to get back into the senior set-up once more after making his debut against France last season.

He added: “Of course it's a massive honour to play for your country and I've had a taste of it, so it makes you want it that bit more. I've just got to concentrate on playing for Liverpool first and hopefully I'll get the call up.

“I've got to keep doing what I've been doing last season, keep my head down, keep working hard and hopefully that opportunity will come again."

On the European Championships, he said: “It was mixed emotions for me. It was disappointing the way we went out but it was a great experience for me and the rest of the lads. We had a great group and some great players. It was disappointing to go out, but I suppose it was just one of those things that you've just got to learn from.

“I had a few weeks off after the tournament and I feel good. I just need to keep working hard on my fitness over the next couple of weeks and hopefully I'll be on top form come the start of the season.”