Jordan Henderson says he always thought he was Liverpool captain material, but he admits that last season was his most difficult.
Midfielder Henderson was appointed captain of the Reds by Brendan Rodgers in summer 2015, having been chosen to replace outgoing Steven Gerrard.
He has faced criticism for his performances during his time at Anfield, but has emerged as a key fixture of the first team.
But he struggled to make an impact under Jurgen Klopp after the German replaced Rodgers as manager in October of last year.
Henderson started just 15 Premier League games last season after missing much of the campaign due to a foot injury and knee injury respectively.
However, the 26-year-old is adamant he can lead the side into a promising future.
“It certainly wasn’t a case of me not wanting the captaincy,” he told the Daily Mail. “I never doubted I was the right person for it but there were times last season when I was very down because I wasn’t playing and I questioned my contribution as captain because of that.
‘There were a lot of things going through my head and there were times when it was hard to feel like the captain because I wasn’t contributing on the pitch.
“I’ve never felt that I couldn’t help on the pitch as I wanted to but I’m through that now. There are no doubts.”