In the wake of the long-serving Jamie Carragher's retirement, the position of vice-captain at Liverpool is now up for dispute.

We take a look at five potential candidates who could be wearing the armband for the Reds this coming season, should Steven Gerrard find himself unable to.

Daniel Agger

The Danish wall, Agger joined from Brondy FC back in the 2006-07 season and has been a regular in the line-up for the Reds ever since. Every year he forms formidable partnerships along with fellow defenders and his footballing brain and skills are there for all to see.

He has displayed his leadership skills by being the captain of the Denmark national team and has already stated his desire to be captain of Liverpool before he retires. Agger, after signing his new contract in 2012, stated that he wanted to continue playing for Liverpool for as long as time and fitness permit.

Agger may not be as vocal as 'Carra' was but he can still organize the team well and encourage when needed.

Lucas Leiva

Lucas, who joined Liverpool in the 2007-08 season, has become a pillar in the Liverpool squad. He is still young and hungry to succeed and he can pass on his drive and determination to other team mates.

He has captained the team on a few occasions before and has been in England long enough to understand the game and, most importantly, how to handle the issues on field.

Glen Johnson

Johnson is not considered by many to be a contender for the vice captaincy but even current captain Gerrard highlighted the experience Johnson has. He has experience playing at all levels and he knows how to handle the expectancy when leading the team.

Martin Skrtel

Skrtel, much like his defensive partner Agger, has plenty of experience in leading his national team. Skrtel is quick ,aggressive and always ready to give 100 percent for the team.

He has shown his leadership skills and ability to do well under the pressure of being a captain. He can organize the team well from defence and also provide support for Gerrard and be a vocal character not too dissimilar to Carragher.

Whether he remains the first-choice centre back remains to be seen. If he's chosen ahead of Toure to start then he surely has better chance of being the next vice captain.

Kolo Toure

Toure has only just joined Liverpool, but he has shown his leadership skills and competency during his stints at Arsenal and Manchester City respectively. His lack of time with the club could prove a hindrance, but even if he doesn’t get the vice captain role, he will still be a leader on the pitch assisting Gerrard and taking the same role as Carragher did.

Steven Gerrard was asked about his thoughts on the new vice captain. He told liverpoolfc.tv this: "We've got a lot of experienced players in the squad - Skrtel, Agger, Lucas will all be pushing. Glen Johnson is a very experienced international as well.

"It's going to be an interesting one. The manager has given no clues away just yet.

"Whoever it is, all of the lads will get behind them.

"It's the manager's decision - he makes all of the big decisions at the football club, certainly on the pitch anyway.

"I think he'll name it very soon, before the important games come around.

"There are four or five candidates vying for that spot so it's interesting."

Whoever Rodgers chooses to be the next vice captain, there won't be shortage of leaders on the pitch.

 

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Liverpool
Jamie Carragher
Daniel Agger
Martin Skrtel
Kolo Toure
Football