Like them or loathe them, FSG have established a pattern concerning the way they go about doing business.
Just as we ditched Adidas to provide a modern version of the classic Liverpool kit, so we have ditched Kenny to provide a modern version of the Liverpool manager. In both instances FSG have been bold, innovative and utterly ruthless. In both instances, the decision has been made to back the attributes of the applicants rather than the CV of the incumbents. Only time will tell if the approach will be successful however one thing is for sure: if we are serious about winning major honours ever again we need an approach similar to this given how far ahead our rivals are in footballing, let alone financial terms.
The time has now come to decide upon whether we need a modern Liverpool captain.
Firstly, a word about Steven Gerrard, the phenomenon. Arguably the Premiership's greatest ever player. Unarguably one of the best players ever in Liverpool's history. A living legend, a leader by example, a man who has dragged us single handedly to victory on many occasions and who is still, on his day, unplayable.
However, the coming season has been described by many as 'Year Zero' in our rebirth and I believe, with our fresh start, we need a different type of captain to lead our ascent.
Our new philosophy will suit a man who understands the importance of defending solidly through the middle. Of pressing and blocking high with repeated ball circulation in the middle zones playing patient pass-and-move possession football.
In other words our play will be more like that of a boa constrictor than a cobra, relentlessly and patiently controlling and squeezing the life out of the opposition. Playing in this way means that no gaps can be left through which the opponent can wriggle free and hit back.
We therefore need a captain who can direct the crucial movement and shape of the whole team, ideally acting as the fulcrum through which all play is channelled, knowing when to relax and when to inexorably ratchet up the pressure. This will take some considerable time to perfect so he needs to be young enough and play often enough so that the whole team can learn how to move match after match, season after season. He needs to show exemplary character both on and off the pitch. He should lead by example and exude the kind of football that the manager wants the whole team to play. Ideally, as captain of our great side he should have the quality to one day lift the trophy as captain of a world cup winning side.
Steven Gerrard is not that man. Lucas Leiva is.