As Henderson celebrates 10 years at Liverpool, Van Dijk has highlighted how the midfielder deserves credit for the move.
“Jordan is a great guy, a good human being, a fantastic player, a great captain for the club, a leader," said the centre-back.
"(I have) only positive and good words for him. I had a good relationship with him (before signing for Liverpool).
"We were sharing the same agent before I joined the club so we were already in contact then and it helped me a lot to make the decision to come to the club as well, so big credit to him!"
Van Dijk, who will sit out the forthcoming Euro 2020 for Holland after choosing to instead work on his fitness having been sidelined by a serious knee injury since October, has also outlined the work Henderson does behind the scenes as skipper.
"I am just happy that he is my captain as well," he said to liverpoolfc.com. “Being a captain, especially for Liverpool, is a big job, and he is doing it fantastically I think.
"There are so many things that people don't see that happen outside the cameras and outside the pitch to be organised and to be done by the captain, and he's doing it perfectly.
"Not only for us as a team but if you look at the last two years, for example, during the whole pandemic how much influence he has on the league and how he went about it. It's only big credit to him and the way he is personally, how kind-hearted he is as well."
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