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Lallana: Robertson is 'natural successor' to Wijnaldum for Liverpool

Adam Lallana has claimed that Andy Robertson should replace Gini Wijnaldum in Liverpool’s leadership group.

Wijnaldum will officially join PSG once his Liverpool contract ends on July 1.

The Dutchman’s quality on the pitch will be greatly missed. However, his departure means that there will also be a void in the squad in terms of leadership.

As proven by the fact that he is captaining his country at Euro 2020, Wijnaldum offers plenty of guidance and inspiration to his teammates.

Wijnaldum was a part Liverpool’s leadership group with Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Virgil van Dijk.

Former Red Lallana, who knows the current squad very well, of course, reckons that Robertson is the man to replace the 30-year-old in the group.

In his column in The Times, Lallana said: “With Georginio Wijnaldum having left this summer, there is a place alongside Jordan [Henderson], Virgil van Dijk and James Milner in the senior leadership group.

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“Robbo would be a natural successor in my opinion.”

Lallana knows the squad well – Robertson would be a wise choice

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If Jurgen Klopp does choose to appoint a new fourth captain, Robertson is the obvious choice.

2021/22 will be his fifth season at the club. He is now 27-years-old and has plenty of experience at the top level.

He wears his heart on his sleeve and offers a big vocal presence on the pitch.

Most importantly, Robertson has plenty of experience as a captain. He wears the armband for Scotland and is set to lead them out against England this evening at Euro 2020.

Being named part of the leadership group would be a sentimental honour for him and he certainly deserves it.

Adam Lallana knows the Liverpool dressing room better than anyone. If he reckons that Robertson is the best choice for the role, then he is probably right.

With Henderson and Milner over 30 and van Dijk on the comeback trail from a long injury absence, the new fourth captain will likely wear the armband on a few occasions next season.

Fortunately for the Reds, they have plenty of individuals capable of stepping up.

Andy Robertson could well be the No 1 option.

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