Andy Robertson was made captain of the Scotland national team and Virgil van Dijk FaceTimed him to congratulate him on being honoured by the Scottish FA.
One thing that has really hit me over the last six months is that the current Liverpool squad is full of natural leaders as well as the more introverted type who go around behind the scenes encouraging the lads and keeping morale high.
An example of the latter is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who visited Rhian Brewster while the youngster was recovering from an ankle surgery in hospital. By simply visiting his squad mate and sitting down for a game of FIFA, he helped encourage a player who was out injured.
Robbo strikes me as a more outgoing type of leader and being named captain of Scotland’s national team, it really highlights his ability to take control of situations and his leadership might be vital to helping Liverpool win silverware this season.
Van Dijk says that when he heard the news, he called Robertson on FaceTime to wish him the best, emphasising the team camaraderie that exists at Liverpool.
He told Liverpoolfc.com: “I think it’s one of the biggest honours of your career, personally, to be the captain of your country.
“When I saw Robbo was made captain of Scotland, I was very happy for him. I FaceTimed him and congratulated him! It’s something special – not only for yourself but also for your family – and the hard work you’ve put in since day one. It’s very special.”
Van Dijk also commented on how well Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold were for England during the international break.
“I am very happy for them, and for Liverpool as well as a club,” van Dijk said. “They’ve been doing brilliantly. You could have picked anyone for our Player of the Month award this month, everyone has been outstanding.”
Liverpool face Spurs at Wembley on Saturday and van Dijk and co. will need to be at their very best to keep the likes of Harry Kane and Lucas Moura quiet in what promises to be an exciting affair.