Five players who could captain Liverpool against Bournemouth - including Sakho and Emre Can

Jurgen Klopp is searching for a new captain as his Liverpool side prepare to host Bournemouth in the League Cup this evening.

Current club skipper Jordan Henderson, who took the armband off Steven Gerrard when the legendary midfielder departed for LA Galaxy in the summer, has been absent since August 17, when he was brought off with a foot injury against Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth.

James Milner was subsequently given captaincy duties in the absence of his England teammate, but the free transfer from Manchester City has struggled to impose his influence and quality on his new side so far this term.

Milner is suspended for the visit from the Cherries, leaving Klopp in need of a new captain as he tries to engineer a first win as manager to book a place in the quarter-finals of the competition.

Asked about the skipper situation ahead of the game, Klopp told the Liverpool Echo: “I am pretty sure we will find someone with arms!

“When I know who will play tomorrow, then next thing immediately I will think about is the captain of the team.”

Ahead of the game, we’ve looked at five players who could potentially be given the captain’s armband.


Sakho’s stock is steadily rising among those outside of Anfield, but the France international centre-back has been a fan favourite for some time.

The former Paris Saint-Germain captain was given the armband by Brendan Rodgers for the first time in the 1-1 draw with Bordeaux earlier this season, and Klopp could once again hand the honour to the powerful Frenchman.


Alongside Martin Skrtel, Lucas is the only player to have remained since the Rafa Benitez era ended at Anfield back in 2010. The long-serving Lucas could start ahead of Joe Allen against the Cherries, and his eight years of service could see him take the armband.


The experienced Toure could come into the side as Klopp looks to shuffle his pack for the League Cup tie. The 34-year-old former Arsenal and Manchester City defender is a popular figure around the squad, and is an option to lead what might be a youthful side against Bournemouth.


Another player who has improved since Klopp took over has been England international Lallana. The playmaker’s Anfield career has been hit and miss so far, but has been impressive this month. The 27-year-old was the Southampton skipper prior to his 2014 switch to the Reds, and could be given the honour by Klopp.


Much has been made of Can’s improvement since Klopp took over at the beginning of the month, and many expect the ex-Bayer Leverkusen man to fully flourish now he is being given a run in his preferred role in the centre of midfield.

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