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Confirmed: Van Dijk now Liverpool’s captain with Alexander-Arnold named as his vice-captain

Virgil van Dijk has been named the new Liverpool captain with Trent Alexander-Arnold appointed vice captain as Jurgen Klopp appointed his successor to Jordan Henderson.

The Netherlands defender will fill the void left by Henderson who joined Saudi Arabian side Al-Ettifaq, after being lured to the Middle East and putting pen-to-paper on a staggering £700,000-per-week deal.

Van Dijk joined the Reds from Southampton in 2018 and has become one of the club’s top performers, leading the club to win its first Premier League title and sixth Champions League trophy.

Virgil van Dijk confirmed as Liverpool

He will take over the captaincy and becomes the first Reds defender to lead the team since Sami Hyypia vacated the armband in 2003.

After being named captain, Van Dijk told Liverpoolfc.com in Singapore: ‘[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. ‘Obviously, I’m captain of Holland, that was already such a huge honour, a proud moment as well. But also to be the captain of Liverpool Football Club is something that I can’t describe at this point.

‘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.’

Should he be unavailable for matches next season the captain duties will be given to Alexander-Arnold who will provide support as vice-captain.

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