Current vice-captain Jordan Henderson says the current Liverpool squad is full of leaders.
Henderson is the hotly tipped favourite to take over from Steven Gerrard as Liverpool captain next season, but the 24-year-old believes that he’s not the only candidate.
“Next season we’ll see what happens because it might not be me succeeding Stevie, it might be someone else,” he told reporters.
“There are a lot of strong leaders in the dressing room. There are a lot of big characters in the team – down to earth humble people.
“Mama [Sakho], Emre [Can] and [Martin Skrtel] have developed a strong collective understanding. You can see their passion, they’re desperate to win, they give everything.
“[Daniel Sturridge] is a big character. Lucas (Leiva) is too. I can only do the current job the best I can.”
With four goals and seven assists from 27 Premier League games this season, Henderson is one of Brendan Rodgers’ most important players, and has played 2,356 minutes so far in the league—more than any other Liverpool player.
If Henderson does get the job, he says he’s been learning from the best.
“Stevie’s the perfect captain really. He’s a leader on and off the field. When I became vice-captain, I tried to learn as much from him as I could.
“The thing I’ve probably learnt most from Stevie is the way he overcomes the disappointments. I think that defines you more than anything.
“I can relate to it. If I look back to my first season here, it wasn’t easy. But it made me stronger.”
From makeweight in a potential deal to sign Clint Dempsey back in 2012 to a strong candidate for captaincy at Liverpool, Henderson’s rise has been remarkable.