Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has hailed Virgil van Dijk’s leadership qualities and believes the defender is a natural born leader.
However, the Reds chief insists that Jordan Henderson will retain the club’s captaincy, reports the Liverpool Echo.
Van Dijk has been touted as a strong candidate to claim the Reds’ armband, having made a big impact since his £75million move from Southampton in January and was recently appointed Netherlands skipper.
But Klopp says Liverpool already have an “incredible” captain in Henderdon whose position is not under threat.
“What we need at Liverpool are these kind of players who are leaders,” Klopp said.
“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. I’ve learned a lot in the last few days about the captaincy role in cricket, but I don’t really know what they’re talking about.
“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.”