Liverpool's Vice-Captaincy Conundrum

Liverpool's Vice-Captaincy Conundrum

As gracefully as he once glided up the pitch with the ball at his feet Daniel Agger has departed Liverpool to return to the club where his career began.

His heavily tattooed body has finally given in to the demands of English football, demands which have seen him plagued by injuries, stopping him reaching the heights he was supposed to reach. A rise as meteoric as one of his long range screamers, you could have envisioned him playing for any one of Europe’s elite at the very top of his game. As it happens, he remained at Anfield.

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Fans saying that a certain player has bought into not only the philosophy of the club, but also the city where it is situated, is one that is banded about too frequently nowadays, but for the Dane he truly did. Tabloids linking him with a multimillion pound deal with Manchester City was met with him getting the letters “YNWA” permanently etched into his fingers. Although, you could say that getting it done on his right elbow would have been more fitting after he used it to show his discontent with Fernando Torres after the Spaniard’s move to Chelsea.

“It is unacceptable to play for one of Liverpool’s arch rivals”

“For a Dane, it’s about having respect for the club you play at. I am proud to be able to pull on my Liverpool jersey and will never go to another club in England. I would never go to Manchester United or Everton, for example. It’s about a form of respect for the club.”

His loyalty was unquestionable and, with the retirement of Jamie Carragher, it was rewarded with the vice-captaincy.

The role has been a bit of a poisoned chalice recently though. When you think about Agger and Carragher, you think about players who hardly got off the bench except when it was completely necessary. It should be somebody to lead alongside Steven Gerrard, providing a vocal kick up the arse to accompany the main man’s enduring excellent example.

The extra excursions of the Champions League will also mean Brendan Rodgers will be forced by Father Time to rest his skipper, giving the job extra relevance again. My last piece on this site was one of great sentimentality, but it also briefly touched on the player whom one feels is ready to take on greater responsibility within the team. That player is Jordan Henderson.

The former Sunderland man has faced adversity throughout his time at Anfield, the remainder from that ill-fated summer spending spree, but in the last few years is finally getting the credit he deserves. He’s a vital cog within the Liverpool machine, the engine powering it on to great things, take him out and everybody else feels the strain. His straight red card against City could be cited as the moment the Premier League title was lost, despite the result of that particular game.

His running and attitude towards pressing the opposition players on the ball make him perfect for the diamond formation currently used, but that isn’t all he is good for. He is a leader, one of understatement. He wasn’t given the England U21 captaincy for simply turning up to training on time, despite the fact he comes across as the type who is in half an hour early. When Rodgers wants instructions given out on the pitch he now turns to the 24 year old, who in turn bellows them out with great authority.

This could be the season where he is finally unshackled and is given greater freedom to get into the box. He got seven assists last campaign, and already has two in three games, both made out of relatively nothing, and I feel the added burden will make him even better.

It is time to start preparing for the future, the Gerrard-less times, and I can’t think of a better person to take charge of the talented youngsters which make up the majority of Liverpool’s squad. When Brendan Rodgers picks his new vice-captain, I hope he says “here’s to you, Jordan Henderson”.

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8 responses to “Liverpool’s Vice-Captaincy Conundrum”

  1. godwin sarfo says:

    is about time liverpoolfc stop over rating certain English players,first of all,Hendson came to meet some players and age nd experience wise he is not yet there and we shld also no that we need an international captain who can attract and influence international players(Liverpool fc is not attracted to the Latin players bcz thy think is for English players) for the club when it comes to signing of player so for me I don’t think Hendson is there yet…let’s stop the undue push for the boy….

    • Max says:

      The player I think will make a great vice captain (and captain in the absence of Gerrard) is Dejan Lovren. He is vocal at the back and can command the team from this position. He is also mature beyond his years and will also be able to gain the confidence of the rest of the team.

    • Paul Kumble says:

      It’s an interesting one…I think that Henderson would be a good vice-captain, learning from Gerrard. It may be good to have an English voice in the middle of the park barking out orders, but it’s more about personality and I think he’s got the makings of a strong captain. Looking around the pitch, the only other person I could honestly see right now as ready would be Lovren, but he is so new to the club, that I’m not sure whether that would be the right move for now. I don’t think Skrtel is consistent enough to be vice-captain and I don’t think the added responsibility would help his concentration.
      As for not attracting Latin-American players, I have to disagree with you. We’ve had a number of South American players, some of them work out and some don’t, especially in the Premier League, so I don’t see this as even an issue. If we play well, if we start being successful, along with our history, then that is what attracts the players. We even attract the Iberian players, so really it doesn’t have that much of an effect.

    • Kay Sayi says:

      Godwin can we stick to football and refrain from immigration issues. The author took the words from my mouth. I actually think Gerrard should lose captaincy to Hendo, just the same way Hyypia gave Gerrard

  2. olivaar says:

    I haven’t see the reason why hendo would be the vice captain when we have a player like skrtel, I don’t agree with english mentality, they are always overrated, hendo has not really put himself as top player like gerrard or skrtel and we should just drop the overrated controversy and give the vice captain to skrtel, skrtel is still the best defender we have, lovren is not even good as skrtel, while rodgers always give hendo playing time is personal likeness, not that is up to that level… I think we should give the captain to who worth it.. And the only person that worth it is skrtel.

  3. olivaar says:

    I haven’t see the reason why hendo would be the vice captain when we have a player like skrtel, I don’t agree with english mentality, they are always overrated, hendo has not really put himself as top player like gerrard or skrtel yet and we should just drop the overrated controversy and give the vice captain to skrtel, skrtel is still the best defender we have, lovren is not even good as skrtel, while rodgers always give hendo playing time is personal likeness, not that is up to that level… I think we should give the captain to who worth it.. And the only person that worth it is skrtel.

  4. Ossie says:

    I would love the position to go to Hendo the guy refused to leave Liverpool and stated he wanted to fight for a place in the starting 11 of which he has done, he works his nuts off and is a great example to all his fellow footballers , if he were not Rogers choice then I would go for Lovren but to me Hendo is the future of Liverpool ! YNWA

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Updated: 2014-09-05 08:01:23
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