Report: Liverpool set to confirm new captain; four considered as deputy, including Lucas Leiva

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Lucas Leiva is among the contenders to be vice-captain despite reports suggesting Liverpool would let him leave, with Jordan Henderson expected to take the armband from Steven Gerrard.

Liverpool are set to confirm Jordan Henderson as the club's new captain after the departure of Steven Gerrard, according to a report in The Times.

Henderson was vice-captain during Gerrard's absence last season and has been widely tipped to take up the role on a permanent basis.

The piece also says that four players are under consideration to become the new vice-captain, including summer signing James Milner, defenders Mamadou Sakho and Martin Skrtel along with Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva.

The most interesting one of the candidates is Lucas, given that reports, such as those in the Mirror, have circulated this summer suggesting that he could be deemed surplus to requirements at Anfield.

This report suggesting he is under consideration to have this role at Anfield contradicts those reports to a degree, because if manager Brendan Rodgers was so open to the possible sale of the Brazilian then he would not be considering him to potentially wear the captain's armband on occasions. If he was, then it would be a very odd move.

In the absence of both Henderson and Gerrard last season, Martin Skrtel was the man who wore the armband during the side's Europa League exit against Besiktas in Istanbul, while Mamadou Sakho has experience of captaining at club level as he became Paris Saint Germain's youngest skipper at the age of 17, while some have thought of Milner as a man able to take up the role ever since he arrived from Manchester City.

All of the players will have a massive role to play in the season ahead as one thing that Liverpool desperately need in order to recover from such a bad season is all the leaders they can get.

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