Liverpool have had a four-man leadership group since 2018, with Jurgen Klopp and the players collectively appointing the roles – but an opening has now emerged.
That is due to the departure of Gini Wijnaldum, with the Dutchman having bid farewell to Anfield in favour of Parc de Princes.
“The team decided number three for Virgil and number four for Gini,” Klopp explained at the time.
But he had to wait nearly three years to don the armband from the start and it came in the defeat to Burnley earlier this year. He would go on to wear it a further 10 times with Henderson, Milner and Van Dijk all absent from the field of play.
It’s not for certain that Liverpool will appoint a new fourth-choice now that Wijnaldum has departed, but there are a handful of options should they do so.
As long-time servants of the club, they each undoubtedly have the respect and admiration of their teammates and for Alexander-Arnold it would take him one step closer to realising his dream of being Liverpool’s full-time captain.
There is also Andy Robertson, who has led Scotland with distinction since 2018 and has blossomed into an ever-reliable figure both on and off the field for club and country.
Mohamed Salah has spoken of his desire to don the armband for the Reds and is certainly one that leads by example through his actions on the pitch – which has recently seen him elevated to the role for Egypt.
Sadio Mane, Fabinho, Alisson and Thiago could then all lay claim and that you could make an argument for nearly all of Klopp’s regular first-team members speaks volumes of the team he has created at Anfield and the type of person he recuits.