Football: Rodgers singles out Henderson and Can for praise in 2-0 win over Burnley

Jordan Henderson celebrates after scoring the first goal for Liverpool during their English Premier League match against Burnley at Anfield on March 4, 2015. Reds manager Brendan Rodgers said Henderson could aspire to reach an even higher l
Jordan Henderson celebrates after scoring the first goal for Liverpool during their English Premier League match against Burnley at Anfield on March 4, 2015. Reds manager Brendan Rodgers said Henderson could aspire to reach an even higher level after the midfielder's impressive display in his side's 2-0 victory over Burnley. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LIVERPOOL (AFP) - Reds manager Brendan Rodgers said Jordan Henderson could aspire to reach an even higher level after the midfielder's impressive display in his side's 2-0 victory over Burnley.

Henderson gave Liverpool the lead in the first half of Wednesday's Premier League clash at Anfield when he powerfully struck a half-volley from just outside the penalty area.

The stand-in captain also provided a magnificent cross for Daniel Sturridge to head in the second goal after half-time.

Henderson's all-round determination and drive have seen him singled out as the likely successor for the captaincy when Steven Gerrard leaves for Los Angeles Galaxy at the end of the season.

Rodgers was equally complimentary about Henderson's growing ability as a player and believes there is no limit to what the 24-year-old England international can achieve.

"It was a great strike for his goal, and the feed into Daniel Sturridge for the second as well. He is up there with the top assist-makers in the league.

"Jordan has very good technique. He is developing well as a player. He still has work to go but he knows that."

Rodgers also believes Emre Can can become a world-class player after the Germany Under-21 international produced another assured display at centre-back.

Can, alongside Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren in the back three, helped the Reds keep a sixth clean sheet in their last eight Premier League matches.

Rodgers said: "You give Emre another couple of years and he could play in any team in world football. He has football intelligence, power, pace and he has great composure.

"He does the dirty work as well. I really think he'll become a world-class player."

Liverpool's victory, their seventh in eight games, saw them regain fifth place in the Premier League and keep up the pressure on rivals for a Champions League place.