Liverpool FC Latest news:Jurgen Klopp addresses captaincy debate amidst Virgil van Dijk calls



Centre-back Van Dijk has established himself as a commanding presence in the heart of the Reds’ defence since a much-debated £75million move from Southampton in January.

That ended a lengthy pursuit of the Dutchman, whose early form has already began to reward Liverpool’s patience after a messy summer saga. Van Dijk was named Netherlands captain last week having also previously been Saints skipper. And that has led some to suggest he should also be handed the armband at Anfield, with Henderson’s capabilities as captain having long been questioned though he has fulfilled the role admirably in succeeding club legend Steven Gerrard. But midfielder Henderson - who led England out against Van Dijk’s Netherlands last week - cannot expect to be usurped any time soon, says Klopp, who believes the armband itself does not make a huge difference. Ahead of Liverpool’s clash with Crystal Palace today (12.30pm kick-off), Klopp declared: “What we need at Liverpool are these kind of players who are leaders. “Hendo and Virgil are leaders and that’s cool. But I am not half as much interested in the captaincy role as you all are. “Hendo is doing an incredible job here. If you ask whether I am thinking about giving the armband to someone else, then no. “Do you need more than one player who feels responsible for the whole group? Yes of course. We have them and Virgil is one of them. “It’s nice for him that he can be the captain of Holland. But there won’t only be fantastic days for him in that role. Captaincy feels like a joy in the first moment and then from that moment on it’s only work. “I don’t think if I asked in the dressing room ‘who wants to be captain next year’ that 28 arms would go up. “It’s a job to do and it’s not better paid, you don’t get extra money for doing it. There are a lot more duties and not a lot more rights to be honest.”
After being named Netherlands captain, Van Dijk said: "Jordan [Henderson] is a great captain he has done very well for Liverpool and obviously I look at things he does and hopefully he can make me better as well."

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