Jordan Henderson has said Liverpool without Steven Gerrard would be "unimaginable" and insists he remains the player team-mates look up to.
Midfielder Henderson, the vice-captain at Anfield, hopes Gerrard's future at the club will be resolved soon.
"Nobody wants to lose him - Liverpool without Steven Gerrard is unimaginable," Henderson said.
The former England captain's current deal finishes at the end of this season. He has been at Anfield for his entire career.
|Born: 30 May, 1980 in Whiston|
|Liverpool debut: 29 November 1998 against Blackburn Rovers|
|Total appearances: 685 (third on the all-time list for Liverpool)|
|Total goals: 176 (sixth on the all-time list for Liverpool)|
Henderson, 24, added: "I hope he stays on for as long as he can and then even after that really.
"If he was to go, he would be a massive loss. Hopefully it doesn't come to that.
"For me, he has been the best player for a number of years, not just for Liverpool but in the Premier League, and I think he still is.
"Hopefully we keep him because he is a massive player for us and a great leader.
"Everyone has a lot of respect for him in the dressing room. He leads by example. He is a top player, but he is also a top person."