The column that that lives and dies by the motto ‘value don’t pay the rent’ is back bouncing from last week’s 1/3 payday on Steven Gerrard’s next club being in Major League Soccer.
Liverpool’s outbound captain has a hand in the short-for-a-reason series’ latest instalment too, after the 34-year-old told the Sun he believed Jordan Henderson had what it takes to inherit the armband.
Gerrard told the Sun newspaper:
“Jordan has everything you need to be a great captain. He’s a fantastic professional who tries to lead by example in every training session and in every game.
“He can become a great captain for this club. He’s a fantastic player for me to hand the armband over to.
“I’ve got great respect for Jordan Henderson and I know everyone else at the club feels the same.”
The bwin odds moguls have priced up the betting as to who will captain Liverpool in their first Premier League game of 2014/15, making current vice-captain Henderson 1/5 favourite.
Given such a glowing endorsement from the man he may replace, it’s a price that seems, if anything, a little generous from the boys in black and gold.
Second-favourite Martin Skrtel trails in some distance behind the former Sunderland man in the market at 7/1, with Adam Lallana next in the reckoning at 9/1 and along with Mahmadou Sakho.
That Henderson is such a wide-margin jolly to follow in Gerrard’s footsteps reflects the fact that, as it stands, he is the only candidate that makes any sense whatsoever.
Skrtel has often been linked with the Anfield exit since Rodgers took over, while Lallana is a Liverpool freshman and Sakho is in and out of the side.
The Merseysiders are 91/100 to down Sunderland in their fourth successive away win when they visit the Stadium of Light next time out.