32-year-old defender Virgil van Dijk was named the new captain this season after the departure of Jordan Henderson and James Milner, who served as captain and vice-captain until last season.
Liverpool, who have successfully revamped their midfield, got off to a good start despite an inexplicable red card against Bournemouth.
The Premier League game against Newcastle in the third week of the season was a day to forget for the Dutch captain.
In the opening 28th minute, Liverpool was forced to play with 10 men for the second consecutive game after bringing down opposing forward Alexander Isak just before the goal. The match itself was won thanks to Darwin Nunez.
The defender was serving a one-match suspension for a red card, but his behavior after being shown the card was called into question. The Football Association decided to punish him, suspending him for one additional match and fining him £100,000.
He will not be able to play in the next match against Wolverhampton Wanderers, as he has played one match in the fourth match against Aston Villa.
The former Southampton defender, reflecting on the scene that led to his one-shot sending off, accepted the punishment, saying it was out of character for him.
“That was not typical for me but that was the red card anyway,”
“I’ve never got one before at Liverpool, and I think only about four times in my entire career. But apart from that I still started the season well. I feel good and strong. I think it went well against Chelsea (1-1 draw) and Bournemouth (3-1 win). Despite the red card, the start was fine. I cannot wait to return.”