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Liverpool Add Three New Names to Captaincy Group - But There's A Surprise Omission

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Liverpool Add Three New Names to Captaincy Group - But There's A Surprise Omission

Jurgen Klopp has announced that Trent-Alexander Arnold, Andrew Robertson and goalkeeper Alisson have been added to Liverpool's so-called 'captaincy group' this season.

While Jordan Henderson will continue in his role as club captain, the star trio will join the likes of Virgil van Dijk and James Milner as deputies in the absence of the England international.

Last season's leadership group also included midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, who was fourth in line to wear the armband. However, new names have now been added after the Dutchman joined PSG on a free transfer this summer.

The in-house vote was led by current committee members Henderson, Milner and van Dijk, all of whom have regularly led Liverpool out onto the Anfield pitch down the years.

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However, Klopp has since announced that it was his decision to expand the committee to six members, highlighting the experience of Liverpool's two Full-backs who have been regular starters since 2018.

The German boss commented on the situation during Monday's press conference: "We had the three who stayed, and then the players voted for another three."

"The three obviously were Hendo, Milly and Virg, and then the next most votes were for Trent, Robbo and Alisson Becker.

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"We had a problem last year obviously from time to time because we lost so many players that we had nobody on the players' committee available anymore, so I thought it made sense to increase this group a little bit. That's what we did."

One player who won't be happy to have been overlooked for a place in the group is Mohamed Salah.

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The prolific forward, who reached 100 Premier League goals last weekend at Brentford, had previously told AS of his dismay at being overlooked for the captaincy against FC Midtjylland in last year's Champions League group stage match.

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That distinction instead went to scoucer Alexander-Arnold, who became one of the youngest Liverpool captains at the age of 22.

Whether Salah's omission from the leadership group leads to further problems down the line remains to be seen, but as for the likes of Alisson, Robertson and TAA, it's an indication of their long-term importance to the club.

Topics: Liverpool, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alisson, Premier League, Virgil Van Dijk, Jurgen Klopp, Jordan Henderson

Tom Fenton
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