Former Liverpool striker David Hodgson believes Kenny Dalglish is the sort of father figure who can bring the best out of Jordan Henderson.

Hodgson, who played for the Reds 49 times in the early 80s, arrived at Anfield from a north-east club as an England U21 international, just as Henderson has.

He believes there is no better place for the former Sunderland midfielder to learn his trade as he aims to take his career to the next level.

"Kenny is an astute person. He understands the kind of character that will fit in at the club," said Hodgson exclusively in this week's LFC Weekly.

"Liverpool are paying a lot of money for Henderson's potential. But Kenny has paid a lot of money in the past on potential before unlocking it. He knows how to nurture talent and make someone like Henderson the finished product.

"The wonderful thing for Henderson is that he is arriving at a club where the manager will be a father figure to him. Kenny will embrace him and Henderson will benefit hugely from that." 

Hodgson says that Henderson has all of the characteristics of a modern attacking midfielder.

He added: "He's got a good passing range with good accuracy and movement. Although he has only managed a couple of goals in the seasons he's played for Sunderland, I would think in the right side he would be capable of chipping in with a dozen per season.

"I would like to think that as a lad from the north-east, he does Liverpool proud and spends the next 10 years there, winning everything in sight. That would be wonderful."

A special section on the arrival of Jordan Henderson, plus an exclusive interview with Fabio Aurelio, is in this week's LFC Weekly.