For years, Jamie Carragher has been a key player for Liverpool in defence. Other centre back’s have come and gone, but Carra was always there shouting at his teammates and organizing the defensive line. But after years of loyal service to the club, Carragher has decided to retire at the end of the season. Liverpool now face the tough task of replacing him, and more importantly finding a new leader on the pitch.
With Carragher gone, the vice-captain role will be free. Here are the top candidates for that role:
The Spanish goalkeeper has been at Anfield since 2005, and knows the club better than anyone else on this list. Since joining the club, he has been a consistent performer and a fan favourite. Reina is also one of the major figures in the dressing room, and definitely has the influence to do the job.
The biggest problem, though, is if he is vocal enough to be vice-captain. While Gerrard has been leading the team by example, Carra was always the loud one. That is not only Reina’s problem, but the problem of every other player on this list.
Carragher’s defensive partner, Agger, may be the perfect choice for vice-captain. He joined the club for 6m in 2006, and has proved to be a top signing for the Reds. After a shaky first couple of seasons, accompanied with injury problems, Agger has finally found form and consistency and has become Liverpool’s best defender and one of the world’s finest left centre backs.
His love and passion for the club is undoubtful, which makes him the perfect candidate for this role. He is already the captain of the Danish NT, so he has experience in leading a team.
The Brazilian midfielder has been a key figure at Anfield since joining the club in2007. After struggling with adapting to the English game in his first two seasons, Lucas has become a big fan favourite.
His consistent performances have turned him into a key player for Liverpool, which can be seen in the difference in results when he is not playing.
The problem is, he is a very quiet and calm person and doesn’t possess the “fire“ to replace Carragher.
The Uruguayan is currently Liverpool’s best and most important player. Since joining Liverpool in January 2011, he has scored 50 goals for the club.
With lots of rumours linking him with other top European clubs, giving him the vice-captain role may be a key factor in keeping him at Anfield for the coming seasons.
Written by Ivan Stanic
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