Steven Gerrard admits he is as interested as anyone to know who the club’s next vice-captain will be — and he believes there are four or five candidates.

The position needs to be filled following the retirement of Jamie Carragher – who was vice-captain from 2003 — this summer.

“We’ve got a lot of experienced players in the squad — [Martin] Skrtel, [Daniel] Agger, Lucas will all be pushing. Glen Johnson is a very experienced international as well.

“It’s going to be an interesting one. The manager has given no clues away just yet.