Jurgen Klopp told his pre-match press conference that, after a brilliant performance against Porto, Jordan Henderson is in contention to feature as a no.8.
The overwhelming support for Henderson over the last week might be slightly surprising. He has never been a fan favourite but his displays as a no.8 in his last two games have earned him a lot of praise.
Klopp said: “Players come in my office and ask for another position they play there!
“We had that talk and I knew he could play that position but you could see he wanted it, he was energetic and lively It’s not difficult that he’s now in contention for the 8 though after that performance against Porto.”
The skipper was superb against Porto and seems to have won the no.8 with his performance. It’s great news as he is certainly capable of winning games in front of a quality defensive midfielder.
In the 2013/14 season, Steven Gerrard played as the no.6 and had Philippe Coutinho and Henderson playing in front of him. Fabinho is now operating in the role the Liverpool legend did while Naby Keita is playing as the Coutinho in the midfield.
The Guinean has shown that he is able to break teams down and slide past his opposite number with ease. Yet, it is Henderson that has had supporters talking since Tuesday evening.
When the Englishman was sent off for a poor challenge in 2014 against Manchester City, the impact it had was alarming. That midfield lost all its energy and bite and subsequently dropped points to Chelsea and Crystal Palace.
Henderson, one of just three players still at the club from that season, is able to now get revenge on City. Playing in his preferred no.8 role, Liverpool should be able to reap the rewards.
Chelsea at home on Sunday is another huge chance to show supporters and the media that Liverpool are capable of winning the Premier League.