By ESPNSTAR.com staff
After being voted Sunderland's Young Player of the Year for the second season running, Henderson was promptly snapped up by Liverpool in the summer of 2011 at a fee of 17 million pounds. Unfortunately, his time at Anfield has been largely disappointing, failing to shine in the Reds' recent Premier League campaign.
However, Henderson can take heart in knowing that new manager Rodgers is sympathetic to his predicament, as the Northern Irishman told the Liverpool Echo that he is aware of the difficulties a young player faces upon making the move to Merseyside.
"I look at the young kid Jordan Henderson who got a wee bit of stick last year but do you know what, this is a boy who was 21 years of age," Rodgers stated.
"I thought when I first saw him at Sunderland that this kid is going to be a really good player. He's coming to a massive club and massive expectation. He moves away from home, he is on his own and he has to be a world beater straight away. It was never going to happen."
Pleased with what he has seen of Henderson so far in training, Rodgers hopes to help the midfielder reach his full potential.
"This kid can play football, if he is in a certain system - in an environment which is going to help him and educate him in the game - you will see that," he said.
"The biggest thing for me that I've heard about Jordan is his attitude. He has got an incredible attitude. If you have got a player like that who has got the ability and the thirst to learn - he can run all day, he is physically good, he is strong, he is quick - and you can remodel him."
Several of his new charges, including Henderson, will be keen to better their performances in the upcoming season, and the former Swansea manager intends to help them on their way.
"But of course last year was difficult for him. I've got a number of players like that, who I can hopefully wrench everything out of to get the maximum out of them," Rodgers shared.