Kolo Toure believes the departure of Steven Gerrard will leave a void in the Liverpool team, but it is one that Jordan Henderson can fill.
Toure believes Henderson is ready to take on the Liverpool captaincy and will be a great leader for the Anfield cub, as he told the Liverpool Echo. Gerrard played his last match at Anfield in the 3-1 loss to Crystal Palace and will now move to the US to play for LA Galaxy come the end of the season.
"Saying goodbye to Stevie will be tough but but the good thing is that there are others who have been learning from him and that will be really helpful," said Toure.
"Jordan Henderson has always been really close to Stevie.
"They are always talking a lot and you can see that Stevie has prepared him well for a long time now. He [Henderson] likes to take responsibility.
"I like him as a captain and as a man. He's honest. Every day in training he's out there giving it 100% and that's very important."
After spending years playing against Gerrard for Arsenal and Manchester City, the Ivorian feels privileged to have played in the same team as the former England skipper for the past two seasons.
"When you lose a man like Gerrard it's difficult for everyone," admitted the 34-year-old.
"This guy has been amazing. Everyone coming here has always looked at him as an example.
"He's a fantastic leader. It's not just what he does on the pitch but also the stuff off it. He's amazing with players. I feel that Stevie wants to go but Liverpool will still be in his heart."
Toure went on to describe Gerrard's Liverpool career as a 'fairytale', and reinforced how impressed he is that the England midfielder remained at Anfield throughout his entire career.
The Liverpool legend's boots will no doubt be difficult to fill, but Toure firmly believes Henderson is capable to do so.
Liverpool fans, do you agree with Toure? Is Henderson the ideal man to replace Gerrard as your captain? Or is someone else better suited? Let us know in the comments box below.