Jordan Henderson could find himself in a new role as Liverpool face FC Porto on Tuesday evening.

The Liverpool captain came on in a more advanced, box-to-box role against Southampton on Friday. It was to a devastating effect, too, as Henderson led Liverpool to the three points.

It was his header that set Mo Salah away for the second goal, while Henderson himself bagged the third from close range.

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His running, energy and determination transformed a timid-looking Liverpool side. Those are traits you would associate with Henderson, too, although they have taken a backseat in recent years.

Jurgen Klopp has primarily used his captain as a holding midfielder, wanting him to be the more disciplined of a trio and not breaking too high up the pitch.

But Fabinho’s arrival changes that. Now, Henderson has a player behind him to play that role.

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It means he can play further forward and, if Friday is anything to go by, it could be a major benefit to the team as a whole.


Few players have his drive and it’s something that Liverpool do lack in midfield at times. He knows how and when to get forward, is able to fun beyond the forwards consistently, and can do so all game.

The Reds may lack a ‘creative’ midfielder but Henderson offers a nice alternative with his movement. Death by running – it’s what Klopp is all about.

The Liverpool boss hasn’t really had a player doing those things since Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s injury.

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It is a role that Henderson looks likely to play against Porto. Andy Robertson’s suspension means that James Milner looks likely to play left-back, according to the Times.

You would imagine Fabinho will be chosen alongside Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum in that case. The latter two didn’t play the full 90 minutes against Southampton, presumably keeping them fresh for this.

If so, this will be a big test of Henderson’s new role. It could end up playing a vital part in Liverpool’s trophy hunt if he passes it.

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