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26th Oct 2018

Liverpool squad voted for captain in absence of Jordan Henderson and James Milner

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp put it to a democratic vote to decide which player would take the armband in the absence of Jordan Henderson and James Milner

Darragh Murphy

Jurgen Klopp has revealed that he did not decide to hand Virgil van Dijk the captain’s armband for Liverpool’s Champions League clash with Red Star Belgrade this week

In the absence of Jordan Henderson and James Milner, Klopp passed off the responsibility of naming the captain to his own players.

The vote saw Van Dijk named third in line for the skipper’s role, while the Dutch defender’s fellow countryman Georginio Wijnaldum comes next.

Klopp has previously opted for the club’s longest serving player to wear the armband in the absence of the official captain and vice-captain but decided that democracy was the best option this time and Van Dijk, who joined Liverpool in January for £75 million, was given the vote of confidence.

“It probably says a lot about it (his character), but it was not my decision,” Klopp explained at his Friday press conference.

“I decided Hendo and Milly will stay, that was 100 per cent the logical thing to do, and it would have been like that if we voted.

“And I said, the next two, the players can vote for. Now we have two Dutch guys in a row because the team decided no.3 for Virgil and no.4 for Gini.

“If somebody would have told me in my life that that would have happened – me, a German, and two Dutch guys in such important roles! But no, it was the players’ decision.”

Henderson will miss this weekend’s Premier League clash with Cardiff City but Milner will be expected to take back the captain’s armband if he returns to the starting XI.