Former Celtic defender Virgil Van Dijk named Liverpool captain

Former Celtic defender Virgil Van Dijk has been named as the new Liverpool captain following Jordan Henderson’s move to Saudi Arabia. The Dutch defender was the obvious choice to replace Henderson, who left to join his predecessor Steven Gerrard at Al Ettifaq.

Now, Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that Van Dijk will be handed the armband with Trent Alexander-Arnold taking the vice-captaincy.

26.01.2014 Edinburgh, Scotland. Virgil van Dijk celebrates his goal for Celtic during the Scottish Premier League game between Hibernian and Celtic from Easter Road.

Van Dijk won two Premiership titles in Glasgow, as well as the League Cup under Ronny Deila but he also played European football, Champions League group stages in 2013 and Europa League Last 32 the following year. A £12m move to Southampton followed and two years after that, Van Dijk became the most expensive defender in the world after a £75m move to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.

The Dutchman was revered during his time in Glasgow and many supporters could see how good a player he was, meaning that his ascent to becoming Champions League winner was not surprising. Under Klopp, Van Dijk has won all of English football’s honours and he will hope that he can lead the new-look Reds into a new era of success.

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Born just as Celtic were stopping the Ten, Lubo98 follows Celtic home and away and helps run his local Celtic Supporters Club. He goes to all the games and is a Law Graduate. Has a particular fondness for Tom Rogic among the current Celts and both Lubo and Henrik form his earliest Celtic memories.

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