Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson is confident his side can cope without influential skipper Steven Gerrard next season.
The Reds captain will end his 28-year association with the club at the end of the season when he moves to the United States to join Major League Soccer side Los Angeles Galaxy.
The 34-year-old continued to show his importance to the Merseyside club by scoring the winning goal in Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Queens Park Rangers, despite having missed an earlier penalty in the game, and team-mate Henderson believes this kind of character will be a huge loss to the team.
He said: “I have said many times before he is a big loss to the team: he is our leader and a big influence on games so you will miss big players like that but at the same time we have to move on when he does go.”
The 24-year-old, who is in line to succeed Gerrard as captain at Anfield next season, went on to reveal that he believes Brendan Rodgers current squad still has the quality to challenge for Premier League honours despite the imminent departure of their skipper.
He continued: “I think we have the players who can improve and have a really good go next season. We have quality players. Obviously bringing in people in the summer we will welcome because the better the players we have here the better it is for us.”
The Reds are currently in fifth position in the Premier League table, four points behind rivals Manchester United in the race to finish in the top four and secure a place in next season’s Champions League.
Liverpool are currently available at 8.50 to claim a top-four finish and are likely to need to win all their remaining three fixtures to stand any chance of securing a place at Europe’s top table for next season.