Van Dijk was captain vs Red Star.

Liverpool players have voted for their vice-captain after Jordan Henderson and James Milner

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Virgil van Dijk’s gained another feather in his cap when he captained Liverpool for their 4-0 Champions League victory against Red Star Belgrade on Wednesday.

The Dutchman has been brilliant since his £75 million move in January, transforming Jurgen Klopp’s defence.

And with the absence of captain Jordan Henderson and vice-captain James Milner, Van Dijk was handed the armband.

With Henderson and Milner certainly not guaranteed starters i  Liverpool's midfield, Van Dijk might be wearing that armband more often.

On Friday, Klopp revealed that he actually allowed the players to vote on who they want as the club’s third captain behind Henderson and Milner - with Van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum coming out on top.

“It probably says a lot about [his character] but it was not my decision,” Klopp explained when asked about why he named Van Dijk as captain on Wednesday.


“I decided Hendo and Millie will stay [as captain and vice-captain] – that was the 100 per cent logical thing to do and would have been like that as well if we would have voted.

“But I said for the next two, the players can vote and now two Dutch guys are in a row; the team decided No.3 for Virgil and No.4 for Gini Wijnaldum. That was a players’ decision.”


It also suggests that Klopp is planning on picking a side that doesn't necessarily contain either Henderson or Milner in the coming weeks and months.

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The two Englishmen face stiff competition for a midfield place with the likes of Fabinho, Naby Keita, Xherdan Shaqiri and Wijnaldum himself all vying for the midfield spots.

The fact that Klopp felt the need to take a vote on who should be vice-captain says a lot.

It also says a lot about Van Dijk - who is clearly loved by his teammates as much as he’s loved by the fans.

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