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Is van Dijk captaining Liverpool to derby win a glimpse into Klopp’s future plans?

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Is van Dijk captaining Liverpool to derby win a glimpse into Klopp’s future plans?

Virgil van Dijk was Liverpool’s stand-in captain for the last-gasp Merseyside derby win against Everton yesterday in the absence of Jordan Henderson – could he be the Reds’ next full-time skipper?

Jordan Henderson is in the slightly strange position at Liverpool of being club captain but not necessarily unequivocally good enough to get into their first-choice team.

The Englishman got himself sent off at Watford so was suspended for the stoppage-time Merseyside derby win over Everton yesterday.

Fabinho and Gigi Wijnaldum manned the midfield while Virgil van Dijk took on the captain’s armband; adorned with the colours of the rainbow to support the Rainbow Laces campaign.

Liverpool played well enough that Henderson wasn’t missed and van Dijk contributed well to a clean sheet as well as setting up Divock Origi’s winner in bizarre fashion.

(Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

If Henderson was unburdened by the armband he inherited from Steven Gerrard upon his Anfield departure, it would be easier for Klopp to remove him from the midfield it is sometimes argued he brings mediocrity to.

 

Liverpool have classically suffered from a lack of leaders but in the shape of van Dijk, they have someone who would be perfect to take up the mantle.

He is hugely popular with the fans and is already one of the best central defenders in the world.

If yesterday was an insight into who Klopp plans to name as Liverpool’s next captain, it’s hard to see too many downsides.

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NCTJ trained journalist, focusing mainly on a digital football audience.

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