Liverpool failed miserably at Leicester City’s King Power Stadium without Jordan Henderson and in the aftermath, Jürgen Klopp provided an injury update on the skipper.
When it was confirmed an hour before kickoff by the club’s official Twitter account that a bruised foot would sideline Jordan Henderson, there was a mixed sense of disbelief and indifference.
The mixed emotions were due to the knowledge that Emre Can would be restored to the starting lineup after what has been a largely poor season on Merseyside. The German had a shortened pre-season after a lengthy Euro tournament with Germany and has seemed several beats behind his teammates the whole season.
The season began well with a fluid midfield triumvirate of Henderson, Adam Lallana and new signing Georginio Wijnaldum. This midfield trio tore Arsenal apart and was a large part of why the Reds began the season in the explosive manner they did, topping the league by November.
Injury to Adam Lallana and Georginio Wijnaldum on various occasions meant that Jürgen Klopp’s preferred midfield trio was interrupted and the more staccato Emre Can took up a role in Liverpool’s engine room.
Jordan Henderson has also missed game time this season with a heel injury and his absence has been seriously debilitating. The Englishman’s influence on Liverpool’s tempo is such that when he is absent, the Reds lack direction and drive.
Unfortunately, with Arsenal visiting Anfield this Saturday, Henderson will be unavailable with his foot injury proving too much. Klopp told reporters after the Leicester capitalisation, “It looks like he will not be ready for Arsenal. That’s how it looks but I’m not sure, we will see.”
There is some hope that the skipper might be able to play against the Gunners but it looks unlikely. Liverpool’s hopes of challenging for the top four seemed to be diminishing with form hard to come by with the odd win in ten to brag about.