Jurgen Klopp today explained why Virgil van Dijk was skipper against Red Star Belgrade.
Whenever club captain Jordan Henderson or vice-captain James Milner haven’t been on the field previously, Klopp has simply awarded the armband to the player who’s been at the club the longest, but that tradition was wavered on Wednesday evening for our 4-0 win.
The boss was asked why during today’s press-conference, ahead of Saturday’s game with Cardiff, and told reporters it was actually a player vote.
“I decided that Hendo and Millie would stay (as captain and CV). The players voted for the next two – Virgil and then Gini,” he said.
Most Liverpool fans would like van Dijk as permanent captain, such is his automatic spot in our starting XI and his wonderful leadership at the back.
But we reckon Hendo is actually a terrific skipper off the field and does his duties with aplomb.
When he’s not on the field though, van Dijk is the logical choice and we’re glad his team-mates recognise what we see every week.
At some point, we can see van Dijk being made Liverpool’s club captain. He’s arguably the best central defender on the planet and the team’s true organiser.
With Hendo out for the Cardiff game, and James Milner only a possibility, we reckon he could lead us out again this weekend.