While the Liverpool fans here in the Transfer Tavern were absolutely delighted to see their beloved side progress into the last-16 of the Champions League with a thumping 7-0 win over Spartak Moscow, there was something negative to talk about.
Well, depending what way you look at it.
Indeed, Jurgen Klopp decided to drop Jordan Henderson for last night’s game at Anfield and, despite his insistence the captain’s exclusion meant nothing deeper than rotation, not many of our local Kopites believe the German. Since replacing Steven Gerrard as the club’s skipper, the England international has proven a divisive figure on Merseyside, as well as in the national side.
To be fair, it might not be his fault. Klopp often deploys Henderson as a holding midfielder, a role he’s not ever been associated with before in all honesty.
Still, the performance of Emre Can and Georgino Wijnaldum in a more orthodox engine room pairing allowed the Reds’ new ‘Fab Four’ to flourish, leading to some of our local Liverpudlians asking a rather difficult question.
It remains to be seen whether Henderson will line up in the Merseyside derby, a game in which Liverpool are heavily favoured in the football betting odds.
After his dropping last night and his struggles to find a natural place in Klopp’s side, is this the beginning of the end for Jordan Henderson at Liverpool?