Jordan Henderson picked up a knock against Chelsea on Sunday and Jurgen Klopp should rest him when the Reds travel to face Porto.

The skipper has been in fine form the last couple weeks after he was given license to roam further forward in his new no.8 role.

Klopp has shuffled things in the middle of the park, with Naby Keita coming back into the side, Fabinho being deployed as the side’s solitary no.6 and Henderson being pushed further forward.

The switch has seen an increase in attacking fortune as there is now more fluidity between the lines. Henderson’s energetic but dominant presence as a box to box midfielder has been a joy to watch.

Jordan Henderson and Willian

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How fans have regarded him since his role readjustment is a surefire sign that things are going well. When he picked up an ankle knock against Bayern Munich last month and had to be substituted, fans were almost relieved.


Fabinho came into the fray and immediately improved things while Henderson was sidelined and unable to impact the game.

When he went down against Chelsea on Sunday and had to be withdrawn, fans were concerned as his newfound influence is not something fans want to see disappear.

That said, with Liverpool taking a 2-0 advantage into their Champions League quarterfinal second leg against Porto, Klopp can afford to rest Henderson and bring Wijnaldum back into the side.

Georginio Wijnaldum

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Henderson remaining fit for the remaining games this season is hugely important as Liverpool aim to win an unexpected Premier League and Champions League double.

The Reds are likely to make it to the semifinals in Europe and are now relying on a Manchester City slip up to edge ahead of their rivals and win their first title since 1990.

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