Liverpool supporters have been reasonably upbeat in recent times despite seeing their team’s 100% start to the new Premier League season come to an end on Saturday.
Jurgen Klopp’s men went into their encounter with fellow high-flyers Chelsea having won each of their opening six league matches, and thus sitting pretty at the summit of the table ahead of their trip to Stamford Bridge. And they looked on course for defeat when Eden Hazard gave Maurizio Sarri’s Blues the lead, only for Daniel Sturridge to produce a moment of magic to preserve a point for the Reds, albeit it wasn’t enough to prevent Manchester City moving above them to the top of the Premier League table following their win over Brighton.
Nonetheless, there have been many satisfied Liverpudlians up and down the country in recent times, several of whom have taken to Twitter in recent times to comment upon the fact that defender Virgil van Dijk was given the captain’s armband late on in the draw on Saturday.
And several believe that the Netherlands international should be the next skipper of their side, and they are absolutely right as the Dutchman has all the attributes to be an excellent captain of the Merseyside giants.
Ultimately, the 27-year-old made the move to Anfield back in January of this year as Klopp sought the sort of defensive reinforcements his side were crying out for if they were to challenge for the Premier League title, and early indications suggest that they may have struck gold with van Dijk.
The towering centre back was excellent in the second half of last season for the Reds in leading and marshalling the backline, with his impact particularly noticeable in the upturn in form of those around him, not least fellow centre back Dejan Lovren.
And with Joe Gomez starting this season particularly well as well alongside van Dijk, it’s clear that the former Southampton and Celtic defender prompts others to up their game – that is a great trait to have in any player, let alone a possible captain.
And in brilliantly organising the Liverpool defence since his move back in January, alongside leading from the front in winning crucial battles and taking the initiative in tricky situations, there is little doubting that the 27-year-old would be a great captain.
He wouldn’t be alien to the role either having occasionally skippered Southampton during his time on the South Coast and indeed the Dutch national team in the last few months, and given just how influential, authoritative, and ultimately integral he is to Klopp’s side, there’s no reason why he couldn’t be the ideal man for the job at Anfield as well.
And having skippered the side in the dying stages at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, those Liverpool fans are absolutely right to suggest that the £150,000-a-week ace (as per Spotrac) would be the perfect captain in Klopp’s side.
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