Virgil van Dijk to captain Liverpool with Trent Alexander-Arnold as deputy

Virgil van Dijk will take over from Jordan Henderson as Liverpool’s captain, with Trent Alexander-Arnold the vice-captain. The appointments were confirmed four days after Henderson’s move to the Saudi Arabian club Al-Ettifaq.

Van Dijk is the captain of the Netherlands and wore the armband with Liverpool eight times last season. Alexander-Arnold succeeds James Milner, who has joined Brighton, as the vice-captain.

Van Dijk told Liverpool’s website: “[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.”

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Van Dijk, who joined Liverpool from Southampton in 2018, believes Liverpool can bounce back from a disappointing season in which they finished fifth. “We can be up there again,” he said.

“It’s all about doing it together with the consistency and hopefully we can show it.”

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