Klopp has previously opted for the club's longest serving player to wear the armband in the absence of the official captain and vice-captain but decided that democracy was the best option this time and Van Dijk, who joined Liverpool in January for £75 million, was given the vote of confidence.
The Reds really should win this game when you look at the squads and the form.
Jurgen Klopp has produced a class at for an injured fan.
Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock has already accepted that he has quite an impossible task on his desk on Saturday as his side faces a high flying Liverpool..
Liverpool now stand at the top of the Champions League Group C table, two points ahead of Paris Saint-Germain.
For a player supposedly mired in a goal drought, Mohamed Salah added to his perfectly respectable season tally again on Wednesday night by finding the net in Liverpool's 4-0 drubbing of Red Star Belgrade.
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The Reds will aim to extend their unbeaten start in the Premier League to 10 matches when they take on a Cardiff side who got their first win of the season against Fulham last week. However, Pep Guardiola's team now has the better goal difference at the moment but with the Reds firing on all cylinders that lead could well be reduced this weekend.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Warnock, who made a sly joke about people from Liverpool past year, said: "It's massive, it's virtually impossible for any team in their current game".
This has raised speculations among fans and football pundits that Salah may have stopped celebrating his goals because he is not happy at Liverpool.
His powerful running from deep in midfield helped the Reds maintain the pressure on Crvena Zvezda and kept Liverpool on the front foot, and the Kop faithful will now be looking forward to seeing more of their new man from Monaco in future games. "I've heard a lot about him and he's obviously vocal-wise very talented". It will be a big pleasure - not sure during the 90 minutes but before and after.
"We are aware of the quality of Cardiff".