Liverpool’s captain-elect Jordan Henderson has called on players to assume more responsibility in the wake of Steven Gerrard’s departure.
The England midfielder has worn the armband in Gerrard’s absence this season and is favourite to take on the role full-time when his team-mate ends his 17-year playing career next weekend at Stoke.
With Gerrard heading for a new challenge in Major League Soccer with Los Angeles Galaxy there will be a huge hole to fill.
“I think it will be a huge loss for us not only as a player but a person with his aura around the place,” said Henderson.
“But it is up to us as a team to step up to the plate and take responsibility, and not one individual.
“There will never be another player or person like him in terms of everything he stood for and how good he was as a player.
“But I still feel we have a lot of great players here with a lot of potential and we need to start showing that potential next season.
“We have hungry players who want to improve and do well and we have to make sure we are doing that next week and pre-season.”