Jordan Henderson only played an hour of Liverpool’s tremendously important win over Manchester City after he was subbed off and Jurgen Klopp has revealed the reason.
When Liverpool’s skipper left the field with around 30 minutes to play, there was a lot of concern about what could have prompted the substitution in such a vital game. At first glance, it didn’t seem as though Henderson was struggling a great deal but then something happened on the sidelines.
After hobbling to the touchline, Hendo motioned to a member of Liverpool’s medical staff and was handed pills which he duly knocked back before being replaced by the effervescent Divock Origi.
When asked after the game about why Henderson was brought off, Jurgen Klopp said, “It’s a bit of a problem with the heel. I don’t know exactly what it is. I hope it’s not too serious.”
This has me worried. Last season, Henderson was plagued by a debilitating heel problem which massively restricted his explosive style and although Klopp said that the issue is not a recurrence of last season’s injury, there will be fears that the problem will hinder him in games to come.
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As Klopp said, however, we have hope that it’s not too serious and just need to learn more in order to ascertain if the heel problem will have any consequences on Liverpool’s season. A trip to Sunderland is on the cards for tomorrow and if Henderson plays it may put to bed any fears that the captain is seriously injured.
Liverpool’s well-earned 1-0 win over Manchester City sees them move four points clear of the Sky Blues and just six points behind Chelsea. The London club look unstoppable at the moment but an appointment at Anfield on the 31st of January will play a massive role in the outcome of the Premier League title race.