Steven Gerrard is a true leader at Anfield. (©GettyImages)
Steven Gerrard is a true leader at Anfield. (©GettyImages).

Top 5: Premier League captains

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There have always been great leaders amongst the Premier League teams. Some players spend a whole career in just one club and of course, earn an honour to wear the armband for their sides.

5. Michael Dawson

This was Michael Dawson's tenth season at Tottenham, but just his second as the captain. The central defender arrived at White Hart Lane in 2005, at the age of 21. Until then, he was one of the most crucial players for Nottingham Forest, before their relegation.

He has been used by Tottenham managers in more than 200 games, taking part in both the Europa and Champions League.

Dawson has won four caps for the England national team since 2010 and could get a few more after the World Cup, for which he was not picked.

4. Ashley Williams

West Bromwich Albion can only regret letting Ashley Williams go when he was still a teenager. He then joined two Conference North teams - Hendersford Park in 2001 and Stockport County in 2003.

His talent was recognised by Swansea however and he became their player soon afterwards. At the same time, Williams was called up for Wales, not previously representing any youth national team. After more than four years of active playing for Chris Coleman's team, he was named captain due to Aaron Ramsey's uncertainty. 

In July 2013 Garry Monk made Williams his successor after wearing the captain's armband for seven years. The central defender has recently been linked with Arsenal and could move to a bigger club this summer.

3. Adam Lallana

Undoubtedly Southampton have been the biggest surprise of the season. Four of their players made debuts for the Three Lions because of excellent showings in the red and white jersey. Luke Shaw, Rickie Lambert and Lallana have assured their World Cup places and are hoping to leave a mark in the team to become regular national team representatives.

Lallana is the youngest of these five captains, being only 26 years of age. Constantly impressing this campaign, the attacking midfielder has scored more than 50 goals for the Saints during his career with them. His first match as a captain came on the opening game of the Premier League season against title holders Manchester City.

He now finds himself a target of clubs such as Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United. The question is, will the captain leave his ship or will he stay to achieve greater things with Southampton?

2. Vincent Kompany

Manchester City have done it again; they've won the title. Vincent Kompany wasn't one of those who joined the club because of money. He arrived at the Etihad in summer of 2008 for a bargain of £6million.

Returning to his early days, the defender from Brussels made a debut for Belgium in February 2004, at the age of 17. Like Williams, he is the leader of both his club and his national team.

Kompany was a part of Premier League Team of the Year in 2011 and 2012. The Belgian won all kinds of trophies, but his most favoured is probably the Premier League title in 2012. With another success in the league, the Citizens are going to do their best to prepare properly for the next one.

1. Steven Gerrard

There are no words to describe the love between Steven Gerrard and Liverpool. The 33-year-old midfielder is only one of few players to be a part of the same club in their whole career. 

Gerrard became captain in October 2003 and has been the leader of the club for more than 10 years now. The favourite player of the fans from Anfield is the symbol of loyalty and the love of football. 

Of course, he has also been the captain of Roy Hodgson's England team since the retirement of John Terry from international football. 

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