There are several viable candidates for the role:
* Daniel Agger: Current vice-captain, and the natural choice, but he's something of bit-part player this season, and probably won't play every game.
* Lucas Levia: Will inevitably play most games now with Gerrard out. Not the most vocal of players, though.
* Martin Skrtel: An everpresent this season, but like Lucas, doesn't appear to be a natural leader. Rodgers brought Jamie Carragher back into the team last season precisely because Skrtel and Agger lacked the vocality required at the back.
* Glen Johnson: Replaced Gerrard as captain against West Ham.
* Jordan Henderson: Captains the England U21s, and will probably continue to start most games now that Gerrard is out.
All decent candidates, but I have a feeling that Rodgers will throw a curve-ball here and hand the responsibility to Luis Suarez. After the problems he's caused Liverpool over the years, it could be argued that he doesn't deserve the honour of captaining the Reds, and I somewhat agree with that. However, the Uruguayan has paid the price for his 'crimes', and after serving bans/paying fines, players arguably deserve a clean slate.
As such, Suarez is a great captain candidate for the following reasons:
* His conduct/demeanour on the pitch this season is, for the most part, exemplary.
* Suarez clearly has the respect of the players.
* He leads by example with superb, performances week-in, week out.
* He has the fighting spirit and never-say-die attitude required of a good leader.
* Suarez has captained Ajax and Uruguay in the past.
* He'll start every game when fit.
I'm not the greatest fan of Suarez, but there's no denying his qualities as a footballer, or his obvious leadership ability, and if - as I suspect - Rodgers makes him captain in Gerrard's absence, it will be well-deserved.
Author: Jaimie K