Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is virtually certain to enter the dugout once his playing career is over.
That’s according to TalkSPORT pundit Darren Bent, who is in no doubt that the Liverpool star will be a manager.
“100 per cent (Henderson will be a manager), absolutely,” said Bent. “I can’t see him retiring, calling it a day and just playing golf or whatever. He will want to do something and he could be a manager.”
As Henderson starts to tick towards the Autumn of his playing career, he’ll have to begin thinking about what’s next. If he does decide that management is for him, he couldn’t have asked for a better mentor over the last few years than Jurgen Klopp.
Perfect role models for Henderson to follow
It’s a bit of a fool’s game to guess which player’s could go into management once they hang up their boots.
Often, it’s the last people you’d expect who end up doing the job. It also tends to be the case that the most high-profile players aren’t the ones who make the best managers.
That trend has been bucked a little of late. Big names like Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney have all gone into coaching with varied success.
All three of those, like Henderson, were captains or vice-captains of their respective clubs. Other leaders like Patrick Vieira, Vincent Kompany and Mikel Arteta are also now heading up clubs in England.
Henderson would seem like an obvious choice to add to that list. Since his £20m move to Anfield, he’s learnt from Klopp as well as Gerrard. Both he and James Milner are incredibly vocal in the dressing room and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see either attempt to emulate their current boss.
But after so long of carrying groups of players on their shoulders, perhaps they’ve both had enough of leadership roles.
For now, you can bet that both players are every bit as focused on their jobs as players as they ever have been. Even Milner, at thirty-six, shows no signs of slowing down at all.
Maybe the management path is one that Henderson will go down. But it won’t be for some time yet.