Jordan Henderson
Jordan Henderson is Liverpool's new vice-captainReuters

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Jordan Henderson is the Reds' new vice-captain following the departure of Daniel Agger.

The former Swansea City boss believes the England international is the 'moral conscience' of the team and admits Henderson and captain Steven Gerrard are the role models for everyone on the squad over the way they conduct themselves on and off the pitch.

"Yes, Jordan is our new vice-captain. I have been here a couple of years now and been able to give the decision real thought," Rodgers said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.

"When I knew that Daniel was leaving, it was a decision I had to make. Jordan is someone who represents a lot of what we're about."

"I said to him he would be the moral conscience of the team. Him and Stevie are the moral compass of our group. How they conduct themselves on and off the field – how they train, how they work," the Liverpool boss explained.

Henderson has been impressive under Rodgers after struggling to get regular game time under predecessor Kenny Daglish following his move from Sunderland.

The 24-year-old midfielder, who had an offer to move to Fulham during the summer of 2012, rejected the move and vowed to fight for his place at the club under new manager Rodgers. The midfielder not only won his place back in the Liverpool team, but has also become a mainstay in the England set-up under Roy Hodgson.

"His journey here is a great story," Rodgers added.

"When he came in, he maybe had a difficult season. My first summer here he had the opportunity to leave. We were talking about it the other day.

"I didn't push him out, but like I do with all the players if a club comes in for them I present them with that opportunity that they may have," the Northern Irishman continued.

"I said to him 'listen, you have the chance to go to Fulham. You can either go there and play every week or stay here. I can't guarantee you games straightaway but I know one thing for sure, I will improve you as a player'.

"He wanted to stay and he felt that first period out of the team really helped him tactically as he could work more looking at videos and analysing his game. From there he has really grown in confidence," Rodgers praised the midfielder.

"Now for both club and country he holds himself really well. He has great stature and I think he will be around here for many years," the Liverpool manager concluded.