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Liverpool captain Virgil van Dijk implements new rule to take inspiration from Celtic

Liverpool skipper Virgil van Dijk has already put his stamp on his side by introducing a new rule.

The 32-year-old remains a key player at the back for the Reds and took over as captain from Jordan Henderson.

Van Dijk was confirmed as the new Liverpool captain in the summer

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Van Dijk was confirmed as the new Liverpool captain in the summerCredit: getty
He took over from Jordan Henderson who left, and has adopted a different approach

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He took over from Jordan Henderson who left, and has adopted a different approachCredit: getty

Henderson and vice captain James Milner both left Anfield in the summer for pastures new, prompting a restructure in the captaincy roles.

Trent Alexander-Arnold has since been appointed vice-captain, with Van Dijk taking over the main duties.

The Netherlands international has in fact implemented something different than Henderson.

While the former midfielder used to bark instructions to his players on the pitch, Van Dijk has opted to have a huddle with his teammates before the start of each game.

This aims to give the players a few final words of inspiration before the matches begin.

“It was something that we did when I was a Celtic player,” Van Dijk said.

“And I always liked it because I thought it set the tone for the game and it also gave the crowd a signal that we were ready to go.

“It can also help the atmosphere with it being so close to the match starting, so if our fans want to join in by building up the noise and adding to the sense of anticipation I certainly won’t complain, even if it makes it difficult for me to make myself heard.”

The 32-year-old has a huddle with his teammates before the start of each game

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The 32-year-old has a huddle with his teammates before the start of each gameCredit: getty

Van Dijk was delighted to be handed the armband and is looking to follow in the footsteps of some of the club’s greatest-ever leaders.

“This club has had some incredible captains over the years, leaders who would bring the best out of themselves and their team time and time again,” Van Dijk said after being confirmed as the new captain.

“So to be on the list with people like that is definitely not the kind of thing that I would have expected when I started playing.

“But the most important thing for me is that I am part of a team of leaders, individually, who find their own way to take responsibility no matter who is wearing the armband.”

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