Virgil van Dijk succeeds Jordan Henderson as Liverpool captain

Virgil van Dijk Liverpool
Virgil van Dijk.

Liverpool have confirmed centre-back Virgil van Dijk as captain for the 2023-24 English Premier League.

Van Dijk has succeeded former Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson.

Henderson left Liverpool last month. Right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold will be van Dijk’s vice-captain.

What Virgil van Dijk said

“It’s a really proud day for me, for my wife, for my kids, my family. It’s been a special feeling and I can’t really describe it at this point. But it’s something that I’m really, really proud of,” said van Dijk.

“Obviously I’m captain of Holland, that was already such a huge honour, a proud moment as well. But also to be the captain of Liverpool Football Club is something that I can’t describe at this point.

“It’s just something that makes me very proud and I will do everything in my power and what I can do to make everyone proud and happy with me and the football club.”

Liverpool last season

Liverpool ended the 2022-23 EPL in second position with 28 wins, 8 draws and two defeats. Manchester City ended in first position to retain EPL the title.

“It has been a very disappointing year last year. It was actually not a bad run-in. Obviously in the end we didn’t achieve anything we hoped to achieve and that was very disappointing,” added van  Dijk.

“Then you’re going on a very short summer holiday and you reflect on the season you’ve had, personally and as a team, and it hurts. It hurts a lot. You have pride as a human being and you feel like you could have done a lot better, you could have done a lot more consistently.

“I think that was a big thing that was missing – the consistent level that we showed over the last couple of years was missing. And obviously everyone wants to make this right. We all feel we have to do this together again each and every day, each and every game, with the fans as well.”

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