Liverpool‘s Jordan Henderson is ready to step up with Steven Gerrard set to miss the coming weeks with a hamstring injury.
The Reds’ veteran skipper is due to sit out the next three weeks with the problem, which will leave a massive hole in the middle of Brendan Rodgers’ side with Lucas also missing.
With the pair both out of action, Henderson is set to wear the armband and is likely to be handed a major role as the Merseysiders set about a crunch run of fixtures, which includes the FA Cup clash with Crystal Palace, Europa League meetings with Besiktas and a top four crunch game against Southampton.
And the former Sunderland ace is adamant that he’s fully prepared to fill the gap and help to drive the team on:
“To lose Lucas first was a big blow because he has been outstanding for us since he came into the team as that defensive, holding midfielder,” he told the Liverpool Echo.
“Obviously Stevie (Gerrard) is a big loss, even though it is not as long (as Lucas), but there are some big games coming up that he might not be involved in.
“But it is another chance for people to come in and show what they are made of and slot straight into the team. Hopefully someone can do that.
“Maybe I need to take more responsibility with those two players gone.”
Henderson is widely expected to take the captaincy role at Anfield when Gerrard leaves to join LA Galaxy at the end of the season.