Luis Garcia: Henderson can fill Gerrard's boots

The 2005 Champions League winner has backed his former skipper over his decision to join MLS outfit LA Galaxy and has called on the Reds to move on from his departure

GOALEXCLUSIVE - By Tauan Ambrosio

Former Liverpool winger Luis Garcia believes Jordan Henderson can be the player to replace Steven Gerrard when the former England captain departs Anfield.

The 35-year-old is set to join LA Galaxy at the conclusion of the current Premier League season after he failed to agree a new deal with the Merseyside outfit.

And Garcia, who won the Champions League with the Reds alongside Gerrard in 2005, feels Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling can also help fill the void left by the veteran midfielder.

"For sure [he is a big loss to the Premier League] because he is a player who played for the national team for so long," he told Goal at Heineken's #ChampionTheMatch event in Rio de Janeiro.

"There are many people not only from Liverpool that love him and they’re going to miss him. But probably they’re going to follow him from a distance.

"Right now, there’re some boys: Henderson is doing very well and gained the captaincy as well.

"[Philippe] Coutinho is probably the most important player right now. He’s becoming a key player for Liverpool. We've got Sterling, even with all these things [laughing gas controversy] happening, but I’m sure in the end he will sign a new contract."

Garcia, who now plies his trade for Atletico de Kolkata in the Indian Super League, was quick to back his former skipper over his decision to move the MLS and feels Liverpool must move on once he ends his 17-year playing career with the club.

"It’s difficult to say if it was right or wrong, because until it happens you cannot judge if was good or bad," he continued.

"Of course that for Liverpool supporters it was a bad decision. But I’m sure he thought about it for so long. He thought about his family and friends it was not a decision he made in two days.

"We have to enjoy his football until the end of the season and after that wish him all the best for his career. It’s hard, but I’m sure the club is going to miss him so much."