Carragher: This Liverpool star looks like a leader in the way he plays

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Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has been discussing Steven Gerrard’s replacement as skipper.

Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher says versatile Liverpool star Emre Can has all the traits and playing style of a leader, the Mirror report.

The Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has a tough decision to make in the summer, naming a successor as captain in place of the departing Steven Gerrard.

In recent weeks, Jordan Henderson has temporarily taken over the mantel due to Gerrard’s absence with injury and his record has been perfect, with three Premier League victories from three.

The England international will be the obvious choice to lead the side next season, but Carragher believes he has competition from German U21 international Emre Can.

“You look at someone like Jordan Henderson who in the way he plays now is more ambitious with his passing, getting more goals, thinking he is the leader because he has the armband,” he said.

“I think Skrtel of late has been a leader in the way he plays in the centre of defence. People are talking about Emre Can as well. He has that physical stature, he looks like a leader in the way he plays.”

  Tackles per GameInterceptions per GameEffective Clearances per GameAerial Duels Won oer GameBall Recoveries per GameAccurate Passes per GameAppearancesMins Played
Emre Can 1.53 1.41 3 1.71 4.65 34.76 17 1,216

Can for Captain?

Besides from being a dominant footballer and an inspiration to teammates, the job of a club captain is also to aid and motivate the rest of the group when the chips are down.

Can’s footballing ability and prominent physical appearance ticks the boxes necessary to lead a team, but on account of his age and lack of experience it means it would be a huge gamble.

The 21-year-old has only played 74 career games at club level in all competitions, and on the international scene he is not yet part of the senior set-up.

It is certainly something for Rodgers to ponder in the future but, on the basis of the last few weeks, it appears the Merseyside boss will have no qualms in handing over the reins to Jordan Henderson.

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