Jordan Henderson says he is ready to shoulder more responsibility in the absence of injured Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard.
Gerrard is set for a spell on the sidelines, having gone off with a hamstring injury during Tuesday nights win over Tottenham.
Henderson is set to wear the captains armband in his absence, and the 24-year-old is relishing the role.
“To lose Lucas first was a big blow because he has been outstanding for us since he came into the team as that defensive, holding midfielder,” said Henderson.
“Obviously Stevie (Gerrard) is a big loss, even though it is not as long (as Lucas), but there are some big games coming up that he might not be involved in.
“But it is another chance for people to come in and show what they are made of and slot straight into the team. Hopefully someone can do that.
“Maybe I need to take more responsibility with those two players gone.”
Henderson also had little to add on news of a new contract, with his current deal set to expire in 18 months.
He added: “Not really, no. I just want to concentrate on playing football and the other side of it I’ll let my agent deal with.”