Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said that club captain Steven Gerrard performs the role of a "lieutenant" at Anfield.
"His influence here is still at such a high level," Rodgers told The Mirror. "The role he's provided for me is so important.
"I told the club in the summer that our biggest signing could be Steven Gerrard, because of the influence he has on everyone. It's about his hunger to learn and the leadership that he offers.
"It's vital to have a good lieutenant. He and Carra were certainly that for me last year - and he has picked up the baton again."
Rodgers was speaking ahead of Gerrard's testimonial match, which will take place at Anfield this Saturday against Greek side Olympiacos.