Jurgen Klopp confirms new leadership group with Mo Salah promoted

With Virgil van Dijk captain and Trent Alexander-Arnold vice-captain, Jurgen Klopp has now confirmed the leadership group to support them.

Following the departures of Jordan Henderson and James Milner, it has been a summer of major change in terms of Liverpool’s leaders.

Having worn the armband on a number of occasions in recent years, Van Dijk was the obvious choice to take over as captain, but Monday brought the welcome news of Alexander-Arnold’s promotion to vice-captain.

Beyond those roles, however, Klopp relies upon a core of leaders within his squad to influence matters in the dressing room.

The manager has added Mohamed Salah to that group as of this summer, with Klopp telling the club’s official website of the new hierarchy.

“So, the thing is that the leadership group is Virgil, Trent, Robbo, Ali and Mo,” he explained.

“They all have, like, captain’s potential. So it’s not that I now sat there and had to make a decision against somebody.

“I just had to make sure that we make the right decision, and these five players will have a massive role.”

Both Andy Robertson and Alisson had been part of the leadership group along with Henderson, Milner, Van Dijk and Alexander-Arnold previously.

KARLSRUHE, GERMANY - Wednesday, July 19, 2023: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah during a pre-season friendly match between Karlsruher SC and Liverpool FC at the Wildparkstadion. Liverpool won 4-2. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp described Robertson and Alisson as “natural leaders,” though he noted why his No. 1 was not in contention for the armband, saying with goalkeepers “on the pitch, it’s not great; off the pitch, super-important.”

The manager suggested it would be Robertson who serves as third in line, though the addition of Salah to the group was a no-brainer.

“Mo, captain of Egypt, one of the best players to ever play for this club,” Klopp continued.

“But strikers are different, strikers have to be different – we all benefit from that.

“So we need him as a role model, we need Mo as the one who leads the line, if you want, who is the first to press, who’s the first to all these things on the pitch.

“And off the pitch, he’s smart, everybody loves him, everybody wants to have him around, so for us he’s super, super-important.”

With all the discussion and narrative around Liverpool losing their leaders this summer, those five show that the Reds aren’t exactly short of such leadership in their squad.