Cape Town - Jordan Henderson is playing down the speculation that he will automatically assume the captain's armband next season.
The 24-year-old midfielder says the next permanent captain of the Anfield club "it might be someone else", according to the Liverpool Echo.
Henderson has been a key figure in the Reds recent good form, captaining the side in Gerrard's absence but is not expecting a one horse race to claim the captain's armband when Gerrard departs for the MLS.
“Next season we’ll see what happens because it might not be me succeeding Stevie, it might be someone else,” Henderson said.
“There are a lot of strong leaders in the dressing room. There are a lot of big characters in the team - down to earth humble people.
“Mama (Sakho), Emre (Can) and Skerts (Martin Skrtel) have developed a strong collective understanding. You can see their passion, they’re desperate to win, they give everything.
“Studge (Daniel Sturridge) is a big character. Lucas (Leiva) is too. I can only do the current job the best I can.”
Henderson has grabbed the headlines in recent weeks, turning in some commanding performances in recent weeks.
The former Sunderland midfielder, the heir apparent to Steven Gerrard - both at club and country, has featured in all but one of Liverpool's league fixtures this season.
Henderson has scored four goals and provided eight assists.