I am assuming that Brendan Rodgers will bring the 4-3-3 that made him famous at Liberty Stadium to Anfield. If he does, Lucas will likely slot in as the defensive midfielder, with Gerrard playing a modified RACM position.
The third member of the midfield triangle, however, persists as a matter of considerable uncertainty.
Current options include Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam, Jay Spearing and Jonjo Shelvey. The viability of any of the above as an every-game starter remains to be seen.
What follows is a list of five players who could provide intriguing competition for a place in the first XI.