Jordan Henderson’s position as Liverpool vice-captain and growing influence on the club’s results has placed the England midfielder directly in line to succeed Steven Gerrard as skipper, or so we thought.
Although a seamless succession is what most onlookers would have predicted, it seems that Henderson himself is not convinced he’ll walk straight into the job.
“There are a lot of strong leaders in the dressing room. There are a lot of big characters in the team – down-to-earth, humble people,” said Henderson.
“Mama (Sakho), Emre (Can) and Skerts (Martin Skrtel) have developed a strong collective understanding. You can see their passion, they’re desperate to win, they give everything.
“Studge (Daniel Sturridge) is a big character. Lucas (Leiva) is too. I can only do the current job the best I can.”
Perhaps Henderson’s own humility in these statements should be the deal-sealer for the former Sunderland man to land the gig.
The man much-maligned in his early Anfield days has certainly shown huge strength of character to shrug off fairly intense critiscim.