Virgil van Dijk named Liverpool’s new captain, Trent Alexander-Arnold vice-captain

Premier League club Liverpool announced on Monday that Trent Alexander-Arnold, a fellow defender, has been named vice-captain and Virgil van Dijk has been named the team’s new captain.

Virgil, 32, who also captained the Netherlands national team, will replace Jordan Henderson, who joined Saudi Pro League club Al-Ettifaq this week, ending a 12-year stay at the club.

Van Dijk has made 222 appearances for Liverpool since joining from Southampton in 2018.

Liverpool will not play in the Champions League for the first time under Juergen Klopp since his first full season in 2016-17, despite nearly missing out on an unprecedented quadruple in the 2021-22 season and winning two domestic cups.

The 24-year-old Alexander-Arnold joined Liverpool’s academy in 2004 and led the team at the youth level. He will take over charge from veteran James Milner, who joined Brighton & Hove Albion during the transfer window.

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