The 28-year-old became the first Reds captain since Gerrard to lift the European Cup after beating Tottenham in Madrid.
"When Jordan [Henderson] lifted the trophy above his head, my first feeling was one of pride," Gerrard told The Times.
"Proud that Liverpool were back at the top of European football and especially proud of Jordan because I know how hard he works. I know the sacrifices he has made, the pressure and scrutiny he has been under.
"If I had to name someone I regarded as the ultimate professional, Jordan would be right at the top of the list. He is immaculate in the way he lives his life. Some people don't see the stuff behind the scenes, the gym work, the way he eats, but he is someone who is an incredible role model.
"He is selfless. He is someone who puts himself at the back of the queue because he looks after everyone else first. He puts Jordan Henderson last."