The inform Reds defender Virgil van Dijk has been appointed as the new captain of the Netherlands national team.
The news was announced at a press conference on Thursday, just one day before the international friendly match between the Netherlands and England.
The decision was made by Ronald Koeman new Netherlands manager, who worked with Van Dijk at Southampton.
“To be named international captain of Holland is very special and does a lot for me,” Van Dijk said.
Van Dijk completed a £75million move from Southampton to Liverpool in January, and enjoyed a fine start to life at Anfield – scoring the winning goal on his debut that sent the Reds into the fourth round of the FA Cup at the expense of city rivals Everton.
Since joining the Reds Van Dijk has gone on to cement his spot in Jurgen Klopp’s starting eleven.
His first match as captain of Netherlands will now be against England at the Johan Cruyff Arena on Friday.