Daniel Agger has been named by Brendan Rodgers as vice-captain for the coming season.
Many had thought that Lucas was set for the position, but the Liverpool manager has opted for the Danish centre-back to instead take up the role vacated by Jamie Carragher this summer.
Speaking to LFC TV he said: “The job of the captain and vice-captain here at Liverpool is very, very important.
“I wanted to give myself time over the course of the pre-season to assess a number of the players and obviously Daniel was one of them.
“His loyalty and his passion for Liverpool is second to none. And if you add that on to his footballing qualities, then I think it’s a good choice for everybody.”
Agger was signed from Brondby by Rafa Benitez in January 2006 and has gone on to make a total of 209 appearances for the Reds, scoring 12 goals.
Following a succession of injuries in his early Liverpool career, the 28-year-old has become a regular feature in recent campaigns and played 35 league matches last season – his highest total since his arrival at the club.