Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has played down his chances of becoming the next captain of the club, via the Liverpool Echo.
Henderson would seem to be the obvious choice to replace Steven Gerrard as skipper, with the experienced midfielder heading off to the MLS and LA Galaxy at the end of the season.
Henderson has listed a number of current first team stars who he feels have an equal chance of being awarded the role by Brendan Rodgers.
“Next season we’ll see what happens because it might not be me succeeding Stevie, it might be someone else,” 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.”
Henderson has taken on the role and done well when Gerrard hasn’t been available this season and he has all of the attributes to take on the role permanently.
He’s clearly wary of letting himself become distracted by a major responsibility, which could become his because Liverpool still have plenty to fight for this season.
It could also be the case that he’s wary of upsetting teammates by talking about himself and the captaincy ambition at an important stage of the season.
Henderson certainly has the longevity to take on the role long term and he’s arguably the club’s most important midfielder outside Gerrard.