Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has warned his players they have to start learning to live without Steven Gerrard.
The 34-year-old captain will depart in the summer to pursue a new challenge in Major League Soccer, leaving a huge void behind him.
On so many occasions already he has carried the team but Rodgers said it is time for other players to start realising the responsibility now lies with them.
“It has to come from within. I felt here in my time even when Steven was on the bench the team are looking for him to come into the game,” said the Reds boss.
“This is an opportunity for the players from within to really go and step forward because come the end of the season he won’t be here.
“If we are not signing that profile of player it has to come from within.
“We have players here who are very keen and hungry to progress as a player.
“I see the likes of even young Raheem Sterling showing leadership qualities coming through and over the years you will see him becoming that world-class talent who consistently performs.
“We have enough players in that changing room who will now step up and shows that character which makes successful teams.”
England midfielder Jordan Henderson was appointed vice-captain after Daniel Agger was sold.
Rodgers said he made that move specifically so Henderson could observe Gerrard.
“It was one of the reasons I made him vice-captain,” he said.
“He has no greater captain to learn from and the idea of putting him in that role was for him to get in pole position to learn from a great how he behaves and works. So when that day came when Steven leaves had someone who can offer that wisdom and knowledge.”