Virgil van Dijk discusses what he expects from “Vice Captain” Trent Alexander-Arnold

Virgil van Dijk discusses what he expects from "Vice Captain" Trent Alexander-Arnold Team

Jordan Henderson and James Milner. Since Jurgen Klopp took over as manager, Henderson has led the team as captain and vice-captain for a long time, inspiring the players around him on and off the pitch and leading them to numerous titles.

He will be succeeded as captain by Virgil van Dijk, who also wears the captain’s mark for the Dutch national team. Trent Alexander-Arnold, who has been with Liverpool all his life, was chosen as vice-captain, with Andy Robertson, Alisson Becker, and Mohamed Salah among the other names mentioned.

Van Dijk, who has been captain of Liverpool for many games and has shown leadership on the international stage, is confident in Trent’s ability to grow as a player by giving him more responsibility.

“You need to count on each other. We are basically the team behind the team a little bit. At times we are the ones who have to feel more responsibility than others – and we should enjoy that as well. I’m confident that we’ll be fine. There will be obviously a lot of moments where it’s not going to be easy, but that’s part of life as well and I think we all should be enjoying it and go for it.”

“It’s a proud moment for him obviously and his family. I think he’s in a phase now where he has to make that transition of becoming a big leader for the football club. I think he will make those steps. And with the help obviously of myself and the others, Robbo, Ali, Mo, obviously the manager, he can make the next step. I think to give that responsibility to him could definitely even more benefit him as well. So it’s a very good choice. Obviously the others as well, they are as important and we all have to make sure that we take the responsibility.”

“It has been good to see definitely. It’s pleasing. I saw him coming in as a little boy and obviously with loads of quality and loads of potential and he showed it already. Obviously everything that we won we did together as well. And now, like I said, he’s in that transition of becoming and feeling that responsibility as well of being one of the leaders of the team. It’s nice to see. How we also give everything and work for it, that’s the standard we have to set in order to be successful.”