Liverpool may have won against PSG earlier this week, but for Jurgen Klopp, the hard work is far from over. Indeed, the Anfield boss needs to continue to work and improve his team, as the season is only going to get tougher. The games are going to be more frequent, they’re going to be against harder competition, and they’re going to become much more important as time goes on.
It’s clear, then, that constant improvement is needed, and that can primarily come in the form of improvement to the squad that Jurgen Klopp calls upon.
He’s made some tremendous selections so far this year, and they’ve done the job this term, but long-term, they may not be what is required.
Given the quality available for Klopp, changes need to come, and that’s particularly true of the midfield. With a few players yet to get much of a chance this term, the personnel in the middle of the park for Liverpool could be different in a few months – and one player that shouldn’t be involved quite as regularly is Jordan Henderson.
As Liverpool’s captain, it would take a bold decision from Jurgen Klopp to drop Henderson, but at present, it’s a decision that makes sense. Naby Keita is settled into the first team, and whilst Fabinho has yet to get much of a chance, the Brazilian wasn’t signed to just warm the bench. Realistically, most Liverpool fans would agree that two of the three midfield spots will be taken up by Fabinho and Naby Keita, and that leaves just one position left.
That role, given the defensive nature of the aforementioned duo, needs to go to someone with a bit of attacking flair, and Henderson doesn’t really have that. He’s a great passer, and he’s a committed force in the middle of the park, but he doesn’t create magic quite like Paul Pogba at Man Utd or David Silva at Man City.
Not to mention, the fine form of James Milner so far this season has made the Englishman undroppable. In truth, he’s arguably Liverpool’s most important player right now, and so to even think about dropping him, regardless of his age, would be foolish.
That means that Henderson is in a tough spot, and so his time in the first team on a regular basis should be coming to an end over the coming weeks and months.
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