Liverpool have announced Virgil van Dijk as their new club captain, with Trent Alexander-Arnold appointed as vice-captain.
The tall centre-back, who also captains the Netherlands will take over the full-time occupancy of the armband following the departure of Jordan Henderson from the Reds.
In addition, the club can announce Alexander-Arnold as deputy to the captaincy, taking over the responsibility from James Milner.
LIVERPOOL APPOINTS VAN DIJK AS THE NEW CAPTAIN
Van Dijk has been one of Liverpool’s most influential players in the past five years. Besides his leadership, the 32-year-old is organised in defence, can deal with one on one situations and is good in the air.
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“[It’s] a really proud day for me, for my wife, for my kids, my family. It’s been a special feeling and I can’t really describe it at this point. But it’s something that I’m really, really proud of.
“It’s just something that makes me very proud and I will do everything in my power and what I can do to make everyone proud and happy with me and the football club,” Van Dijk told Liverpoolfc.com.
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Van Dijk has played 222 games for Liverpool since moving to Anfield from Southampton in January 2018. During that time, the Dutch player has collected seven winner’s medals as he helped the Reds lift the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup, and the FA Community Shield.
Liverpool play their opening game against Chelsea in two weeks.