Trent Alexander-Arnold has admitted he thought he was about to be reprimanded when Jurgen Klopp told him he would be vice-captain.
With Jordan Henderson and James Milner leaving Liverpool in the summer, Klopp had to decide who would lead the club going forward.
As a result, Virgil van Dijk has been named Liverpool captain, with the versatile full-back named the club’s new vice-captain.
While Alexander-Arnold is a particular favorite of the Liverpool boss, footage from official Liverpool FC channels showed the moment the 24-year-old was told of his new status – something he admitted that he did not expect at all.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Alexander-Arnold said: “At first I thought he was going to tell me to stop giving the ball away!
“It was a nice surprise, to be honest, it wasn’t what I expected at the time.
“I thought we would have a conversation around this stuff at some point, but not then. So it was special, it’s a moment I will remember.”
He added: “Of course I feel ready, I feel like I’m without being put in that position, I feel like I’ve been a leader and I’m leading by example with things. which I do on a daily basis in training and in and around the guys.
“And I think the guys see me as someone in a leadership role, and I’m glad the manager and the staff see that too.
“It’s my mentality: I want to lead by example, I want to make sure that I take responsibility for what I do and for the performance of the team as well.
“It’s an incredible position, but there’s more responsibility for me to make sure we succeed and achieve the things we want this season.”
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