Jurgen Klopp has said three other Liverpool players were in contention to replace Jordan Henderson as captain, with Virgil van Dijk handed the armband.
Speaking to Liverpool’s official website, the German manager revealed that Andy Roberton, Alisson Becker and Mohamed Salah were all in contention to become Liverpool’s next captain.
However, Van Dijk was named as Henderson’s successor with Trent Alexander-Arnold taking the role as vice-captain, with this latter decision the one that has caught fans by surprise.
With Robertson and Salah captains at international level and Alisson one of the oldest players in the squad, it makes sense why there is some surprise over Alexander-Arnold being selected for the vice-captain role over the Liverpool trio.
However, Klopp has given his reasoning behind the new captains, with the Liverpool boss saying: “So, the thing is that the leadership group is Virgil, Trent, Robbo, Ali and Mo, and they all have, like, captain’s potential.
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“So it’s not that I now sat there and had to make a decision against somebody. I just had to make sure that we make the right decision, and these five players will have a massive role.”
Klopp has made his got his choices spot on for Liverpool captain
Klopp’s plethora of leaders in the Liverpool squad no doubt gave the Anfield coach quite the headache when it came to selecting a new permanent captain to replace Henderson.
However, the German boss has arguably made the two right choices when it comes to the new skipper and vice-captain, with Van Dijk and Alexander-Arnold the perfect candidates for the roles.
The pair both represent the present and the future of Liverpool, and the duo will no doubt excel in their new roles as the leaders of the Anfield giants heading into the new season.