Liverpool FC has confirmed that Virgil van Dijk will be the new captain of the team, succeeding Jordan Henderson who departed from the Reds. The Dutch centre-back, who also holds the same role for his country, expressed his pride in being appointed as the new captain of Liverpool FC, saying that it was a special feeling and something that makes him very proud. He also spoke of his determination to make everyone proud and happy with him and the football club, and to bounce back after a disappointing campaign last season.
Trent Alexander-Arnold has been appointed as the vice-captain of the team, taking over the responsibility from James Milner. The right-back, who is a product of Liverpool’s academy, has been an important player for the team in recent seasons and has been rewarded with the new role.
Van Dijk has been a key player for Liverpool since his arrival from Southampton in January 2018, and has clocked up 222 appearances for the team. During his time at Liverpool, he has been an integral part of the team that won seven trophies, including the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and the FA Community Shield.
As Liverpool’s pre-season preparations continue, Van Dijk outlined the team’s collective desire to bounce back after a disappointing campaign last time out, saying that the consistent level that they showed over the last couple of years was missing, and that they all feel they have to do this together again each and every day, each and every game, with the fans as well. He also expressed confidence in the team’s ability to be up there again, and to show what they are capable of with consistency.
The appointment of Van Dijk as the new captain and Alexander-Arnold as the vice-captain is expected to provide a boost to the team, as they look to challenge for trophies in the upcoming season.