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Emre Can claims he is the right man to replace Steven Gerrard

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Steven Gerrard is heading to California to join LA Galaxy in the MLS, but his departure is leaving a hole that Liverpool will struggle to fill.

Making the task more difficult, Liverpool not only need to replace one of their best players, but also their captain. Rumours are already circling with regard to who Brendan Rodgers and Ian Ayre are looking to sign in order to replace the talismanic midfielder.

Potential fits

James Milner has been tipped to join the Merseyside club but convincing the England international to leave big-spending Manchester City and the Champions League will be no easy task. The former-Villa man's contract expires at the end of the season but Liverpool will also face stiff competition as Arsenal look to strengthen their midfield.

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Reports from Spain have tipped Asier Illarramendi to make the switch from Madrid to Merseyside, but this seems to have hit a stumbling block as the 25-year-old midfielder has stated his desire is to not leave Los Blancos.

With Champions League-winning experience, Illarramendi could be a player to lighten the unhappy mood currently surrounding the club, though it seems impossible they can tempt him to Anfield.

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Captain's calling

Jordan Henderson's emergence as one of the top midfielders in the Premier League gives Liverpool fans hope, but whether the 24-year-old is ready to take the arm-band full time is another question.

Poor performances in the final games of the season against Crystal Palace and Stoke did little to quell questions regarding his capability to skipper the club.

Can claim

That leaves us to turn to Emre Can, who has put his hand up in a bid to let people know he feels he is ready to replace the departing Gerrard. The midfielder, who has been arguably Rodgers' most impressive signing from last summer, revealed that he wanted the added pressure that would inevitably come with replacing the departing captain, which will fill fans with confidence.

"I want to play in midfield and I can take the responsibility [of replacing Gerrard]," Can said, according to the Daily Express.

While Can can be regarded as an exception to Liverpool's woeful transfer policy last summer, playing a key role in Liverpool's successful run between January and March, he is surely not ready or capable of assuming the role left by Gerrard.

Liverpool fans what do you make of the situation? Is Can the right man to help the Reds get over the loss of Gerrard? Do you prefer Henderson or Milner instead? Let us know in the comments box below.

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