Jordan Henderson insists he is capable of replacing Steven Gerrard and is ready to take the captaincy over for Liverpool.
The 24-year-old signed for the Reds for £16 million from Sunderland in 2011 and after a difficult start he has established himself as a key member of Brendan Rodgers' squad.
Henderson was given the vice-captaincy at Anfield last season following the departure of Daniel Agger and is expected to take over from Gerrard, who leaves for MLS side Los Angeles Galaxy after a 17 year alliance with the club.
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And the former Sunderland man admits he is relishing the chance of having more responsibility and will use all he learned from Gerrard.
“I’ve always wanted to take more responsibility, especially at the stage of my career I’m at," Henderson told Goal.com.
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“I feel I’m getting a bit older now, a bit more mature and of course I want to take more responsibility for the team but at the same time, I think it’s up to all of us as a team to take more responsibility on the pitch and make sure we put in good performances.
“When I’ve been vice-captain I’ve just tried to do my best for the team as I always have and to learn as much as I can from Stevie, like I have from when I first came to the club.
“I think I’ve learned a lot from Steven. I have from when I first came to the club, he’s been a huge role model and leader to all of us. All of us have learned a lot from him; just being with him every day, training with him every day, you learn a lot from him.”
With Gerrard and Glen Johnson leaving the club, Liverpool is short of players who know the club.
It is just Henderson and Martin Skrtel who've been at Anfield for at least four years and the latter has been linked with a move away after not being pleased with the conditions of a potential new contract.
There is very much a transitional stage at the Mersyeside club and the current squad is flooded with youthful prospects. Philippe Coutinho, Emre Can, Lazar Markovic and Alberto Moreno are all under the age of 25 and are the future of the Reds. Even Henderson is still yet to hit his prime at 25.
Liverpool may lack leaders, however, the core squad will likely be the same for many years to come which could see them improve significantly.
Liverpool's owners, Fenway Sports Group, have a policy of signing young players and coaching them so their potential can be developed.
However, that is not the case with James Milner, who has signed for the five-time European Cup winners on a free transfer from Manchester City. At 29 he will be one of the oldest members of Rodgers' side, however, is exactly what is needed.
He is a Premier League veteran who's won two titles and will likely play a senior role next season and could well captain the Liverpool in the absence of Henderson and Skrtel.
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