I can make Henderson improve! Rodgers relishing midfielder's return to Liverpool
11:39 GMT, 13 July 2012
Brendan Rodgers is confident of getting the best out of Jordan Henderson after hailing the young midfielder's attitude.
Henderson played 48 times for Liverpool last season but struggled to win over supporters following his 16million move from Sunderland.
New Anfield manager Rodgers has been impressed by Henderson, who was at Euro 2012 with England, and is looking forward to unleasing him when the new Premier League season gets started.
High hopes: Jordan Henderson (right) is tipped for a bright future at Liverpool
'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 told the Liverpool Echo.
'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.'
Rodgers reckons he can help Henderson improve when he puts his stamp on the Reds.
High hopes: Brendan Rodgers is relishing the chance to work with Henderson
He added: '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.
'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.'
Rodgers is also taking a look at Joe Cole in pre-season following his return from his loan with French outfit Lille.
The pair were at Chelsea at the same time and Rodgers said: 'I know his strengths, I know his qualities. When he first came here, it was difficult. He got sent off in his first game, he was injured and it was a bit broken for him. But I am assessing everyone.'
He's back: Joe Cole (right) is in pre-season training with Liverpool