Not Henderson? Liverpool’s next captain

first_img Jordan Henderson – Click right to see which defender has pedigree in captaining big sides – As vice-captain, Henderson is the undeniable favourite to replace Gerrard when the outgoing captain finally departs. The 24-year-old has worn the armband on many occasions this season and, after making drastic improvements over the last 18 months, seems the most natural fit. At times he has been accused of attempting to emulate Gerrard too much, yet his match-winning performances against Manchester City, Burnley and Swansea City in recent months suggest he has all the right credentials. Martin Skrtel – Click right to see which hotshot could lead the line for many years to come – Skrtel has become the cornerstone of the Reds improved backline, particularly when Brendan Rodgers has reverted to a back three. While he has a tendency to be rash, the Slovakian is the man to bail Liverpool out with last ditch interceptions and slide tackles. It’s no coincidence that the Reds’ most desperate defensive display of the season – the 4-1 defeat at Arsenal – occurred while Skrtel was unavailable. His duals this campaign with Diego Costa have rubber-stamped his ‘hard man’ status at Anfield. 4 With just three games left in his Liverpool career, Steven Gerrard’s last Liverpool hurrah is edging nearer and nearer.The 34-year-old announced in January that after the Reds stumbled over offering a new contract, he would be embracing a new challenge in the MLS with LA Galaxy.Gerrard underlined his invaluable leadership credentials to his side yet again on Saturday, recovering from missing a penalty to score a vital late winner in the 2-1 victory over QPR – something Liverpool fans have become accustomed to seeing down the years.The former England captain has sported the Liverpool armband since 2003, but the question no arises of who amongst the current Reds’ bunch is the Anfield icon’s long-term successor?Brendan Rodgers has assembled a relatively young squad of players, and talkSPORT has looked at four possible candidates to fill Gerrard’s rather big boots as Liverpool captain… 4 Emre Can – The most impressive of Liverpool’s summer signings, Can has endeared himself to Liverpool fans as a bit of a cult hero. Naturally a central midfielder, the 21-year-old has been deployed on the right side of a back three to great effect this season to illustrate his versatility to the club. Fans will be hoping to see him reinstated to the heart of Liverpool’s midfield next campaign where he can control games with his range of passing and marauding runs. He currently captains Germany Under-21s, too. 4 Mamadou Sakho – Continue to see which stalwart is the Reds’ second longest serving player after Gerrard – Sakho is a fan favourite and has emerged this season as one of Liverpool’s most reliable performers after a disjointed start to his Reds’ career. Often misunderstood as clumsy, he has all the attributes of a modern footballer; strength, pace and composure on the ball. He has also captained PSG and France before, and is seen as an important voice in a comparatively fledgling Liverpool side. 4last_img read more