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Van Dijk named Liverpool captain after Henderson exit, Alexander-Arnold takes over as vice captain

Liverpool have announced Virgil van Dijk as their new captain to replace Jordan Henderson, who has left the club for Saudi Arabia.

Van Dijk has been excellent since arriving at Liverpool from Southampton in January 2018, establishing himself as one of the finest defenders in Europe. 

With 222 appearances for the Reds, the 30-year-old has been integral in Liverpool’s successes over the past few years.

Van Dijk has won seven trophies with the Reds – the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and the FA Community Shield. 

His impact has been transformative, lifting Liverpool to new heights under Jurgen Klopp’s leadership.

Liverpool supporters will also be thrilled to learn that Trent Alexander-Arnold has been appointed vice-captain, succeeding James Milner.

Milner left Liverpool on a free transfer and signed a one-year deal with Brighton & Hove Albion.

Alexander-Arnold, a product of the Liverpool academy, has quickly risen through the ranks to become a Premier League regular.

His performances on the pitch and connection with the fans have endeared him to the Kop faithful. 

He demonstrated versatility last season by playing in midfield as the Reds went on a winning streak.

With 16 goals and 72 assists in 273 appearances for the Reds, Alexander-Arnold is one of the most productive defenders around. 

As Liverpool’s new captain and vice-captain prepare to lead the team into the upcoming season, fans will hope they can improve on their fifth-place finish last season and challenge for silverware.

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