Henderson has had a brilliant season as captain of Jurgen Klopp’s side at the heart of their midfield.
The England international was criticised during his early days at Liverpool with inevitable comparisons drawn with Gerrard.
But the 29-year-old is now getting the credit he deserves and is among the favourites to win the PFA Player of the Season award.
And Gerrard insists he always knew Henderson would make the grade at Anfield.
“We both know there are players who are ‘at it’ every day. I appreciated Jordan’s power and fitness by training with him,” he said in an interview with Scotzine.
“Some players play for themselves, Jordan does the dirty running, grappling for second balls, 12 or 13km Saturday and Wednesday, again and again. Teams can’t function at Liverpool’s level without a cog like Jordan Henderson. He’s obviously going be a Premier League winner. I look at him and think: ‘Good for you’.
“He has that confidence now. He has lifted the European Cup above his head. I don’t deserve one iota of credit, he has done it all himself, but I remember a chat with Jordan in LA a while ago and he wasn’t sure whether he was coming or going at the club.
“I remember saying to him don’t give up on Liverpool, you’ll be fine. I knew what he had inside and that he would get there. You know with certain people.”
Henderson came in for some criticism over his first few seasons with Liverpool, but has proven his worth beyond all doubt now.