Who will be Liverpool’s next captain?
Speaking at a press conference ahead of the Reds’ pre-season friendly against Leicester City on Tuesday, Virgil Pandey said: “There’s not much I can say about the captaincy as it hasn’t been announced yet. But I’ve worn the captain’s armband on a number of occasions in recent years. I’ve always been proud of it, so we’ll see what happens. It would be a great honor to be captain.”
Liverpool have had a major leadership void this summer. First, James Milner, who joined the club in 2015 and was a mainstay of the team for eight years, left the club at the end of his contract. More recently, the club lost captain Jordan Henderson. Henderson moved to Al Etihad in the Saudi Arabian Professional League, managed by Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard. After receiving a big offer, he reportedly thought about his future with the club and decided it was time to part ways.
With both the captain and vice-captain leaving at the same time, Liverpool will have to build a new captaincy. Pandyck is a likely candidate. Pandijk has often worn the captain’s armband in the absence of Henderson and Milner before. He is also the captain of the Netherlands national team, which makes him a good fit. With the exception of Sammy Hifiya (Finland), most of Liverpool’s captains have been from the United Kingdom and Ireland, so it’s possible that Scotland captain Andy Robertson or Liverpool youth product Trent Alexander-Arnold could be named.
Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has made up his mind. “Someone has thought about it. You have to tell the players before you announce it publicly. I didn’t expect this situation a few weeks ago. It happened quickly. It’s a big change for us. Big names have left. But it was something that was going to happen at some point.” 메이저놀이터
The Henderson and Milner regimes were influential on and off the field. They successfully filled the leadership void following the departure of Gerrard, whose presence in the team was significant, and won many trophies with Klopp.
Klopp is keen to reduce the pressure on the next captain: “No one has to be the next Milner, the next Henderson. You have to play your own role. “It’s hard to predict in advance how things will go, but I’m optimistic. I’m really looking forward to it.”