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Van Dijk hails “fantastic” Henderson

Virgil van Dijk was full of praise for Liverpool captain and teammate Jordan Henderson following his outstanding form this season.

The 29-year-old England international played a starring role as Liverpool won the Club World Cup for the first time and has been instrumental in the club’s recent success.

Speaking about his captain, Reds defender Van Dijk said, “He’s our captain. That’s what we all respect. He’s having a fantastic season so far.

“He’s been doing fantastically whether he’s filling in for Fabinho at the moment or he’s playing as a right midfielder where he’s giving assists and stuff.

“He has been fantastic, in and out of the pitch he is very important for us whether he plays or not. We are all respect him on that level.

“He was outstanding when he played centre half. I was really proud of him. I told him after the game. He has got a lot more respect for what we do in the back as well.

“It’s not easy and I know sometimes we make it look a bit easy but it’s difficult. They played very direct as well in that game, long balls, tall striker. It was not easy for him but he dealt with it so well.”

Henderson took over the captain’s armband from Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard in 2015 and has since played a pivotal role in returning the club to its former glory.

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