Liverpool’s shocking decline in recent weeks is stark, surprising and laid bare for all to see.
Their misery was compounded in stunning fashion at Old Trafford on Sunday evening – with a late free-kick from Bruno Fernandes seeing arch rivals Manchester United edge through in the FA Cup at their expense.
Jurgen Klopp cut a frustrated and troubled figure after the final whistle, having trudged across the turf with a balled up fist before heading down the tunnel to address the mounting list of problems now lying at his feet ahead of their Premier League return against Tottenham.
Chief among those is his team’s horrific record without captain Jordan Henderson.
With the boisterous and calm presence of the 30-year-old in midfield, Liverpool haven’t suffered a defeat in the league this season. In his absence with a groin problem, however, the tale reads very differently.
Henderson is back training ahead of tonight’s clash in north London, after missing defeats by Burnley and United, but Klopp could not say for certain he would line up against Jose Mourinho’s men. If he fails to make it, the Reds’ hopes of halting a three-match winless run in all competitions (they’ve won just once in seven) become a lot slimmer. They need him for this one.
Henderson initially arrived from Sunderland in 2011 to a muted reception. Within two seasons, the England international cemented his spot as a first-team regular.
After Steven Gerrard’s departure in 2015, he was entrusted with the captain’s armband and hasn’t looked back. His leadership abilities speak for themselves, both on and off the field. Continue reading
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