Liverpool supporters have been in fine voice in recent times after seeing their side get back to winning ways in the Premier League at the weekend.
Jurgen Klopp’s men went into their encounter with lowly Huddersfield Town on Saturday having drawn their preceding two league matches, 1-1 at Chelsea before a stalemate with Manchester City at Anfield. Yet the Reds recorded their seventh league win of the campaign at the John Smith’s Stadium as Mo Salah’s first half strike was enough to seal a 1-0 success for the Merseyside giants, in turn moving them above Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea into second place in the Premier League table.
Thus, there have been many delighted Liverpudlians up and down the country in recent times, several of whom have taken to Twitter to react to the news that midfielder Jordan Henderson will miss this evening’s Champions League encounter with Red Star Belgrade, and indeed the Premier League meeting with Cardiff City on Saturday.
And many Reds fans took to Twitter to express their delight at the news, but those supporters are so wrong as the recent injury setback for the England international is far from good news for their side.
Ultimately, there is a reason that Klopp has regularly played Henderson in his midfield since taking over at Anfield back in October 2015, and that’s because the former Sunderland man does an excellent job in that area of the field.
Yes, he may not be as good as others with the ball at his feet, but what the 28-year-old gives this Reds team is tenacity and a relentless work ethic off the ball in pressing and winning the ball back, thus allowing the front men to do the business in the final third of the pitch.
And with five Premier League starts this term as well as substitute appearances in their other four matches, Klopp continues to see the worth in the Englishman to underline just how big a miss he could prove to be in their coming matches against Red Star Belgrade and Cardiff.
And while many Liverpool fans have cited a start for Fabinho as one reason for their delight at Henderson’s injury, it’s not exactly as if the ex-Monaco man has made an encouraging start to life at Anfield given he was well off the pace in his one and only start against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup last month – the fact he hasn’t started in the league yet underlines just where Klopp thinks he is at presently.
Thus, while Henderson may not be the most gifted midfielder in the Premier League, he does an excellent job in the heart of the Reds midfield, and deserves significantly more credit from supporters than he gets – after all, Klopp has made him a key part of his team during his tenure at Anfield.
As such, those Liverpool fans are wrong to express their delight at his recent injury setback, which is in fact far from good news for the Merseysiders ahead of their matches against Red Star Belgrade and Cardiff this week.
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