Jordan Henderson is the Liverpool captain, but that doesn’t mean he’s the most popular man at Anfield. The England international often comes in for abuse from his own fans for his subpar performances, and whilst yesterday wasn’t the worst he’s ever been, the Reds were all desperate to see him hooked for Naby Keita at half-time at Brighton.
Thoughts heading into the second half, Reds? What, if anything, must Liverpool change?
— Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) January 12, 2019
It’s not too hard to see why. The 28-year-old has developed a reputation for failing to advance the play forward and gets labelled a crab by the Reds for his sideways passing. Yesterday was again one of those games and with Liverpool struggling to create much at all, the fans were crying out for someone like Naby Keita, who would be prepared to take the game to Brighton with some more directness.
All that matters is that Liverpool won the game at the Amex Stadium and they’ll now be looking ahead to their next clash in the Premier League, a home clash with Crystal Palace, where they’ll be desperate to pick up another three points. The fans, though, will hope that Henderson plays no part in that game as they’ll be looking to play a much quicker tempo at Anfield, and their captain will only hinder that.
You can read the Reds’ thoughts on Henderson here:
Instruct Henderson to pass the ball FORWARD and quicker.
— Brett Downes (@tterbsenwod) January 12, 2019
Change Henderson for any other player on the bench….
— lil saint… (@chrishiralall) January 12, 2019
Keita On Henderson OFF!!!!!
— Owner Of a Derp Dog (@JStocks95) January 12, 2019
— Marc Evans (@Marc_Evans1) January 12, 2019
Keita for Hendo, stat. We need someone driving at their line to open up play.
— Zach Baker (@zacharytbaker) January 12, 2019
Henderson.he doesn't know what to do
— mhs (@mhs_hmeor) January 12, 2019
Henderson ffs it's not that hard to see he's slowing the whole thing down
— Gavin O'Shea (@Sheazy9) January 12, 2019
Erase all memory of Jordan Henderson
— Jacob Colman (@eeekaj) January 12, 2019
The Kopites aren’t Henderson’s biggest fans and will hope he’s dropped to the bench for Palace next weekend.
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