Jurgen Klopp will be planning his summer transfer approaches as much as he will be exploring how best to exploit Tottenham’s weaknesses.

Jordan Henderson has been exquisite in the no.8 role over the last six weeks, showing his manager exactly why it would have been better to play him in a more advanced role over the last three and a half years.

Of course, the German had little choice but to play Hendo as a no.6 as he didn’t have a better option until he spent £43million on Fabinho last summer.

Fabinho and Lionel Messi.

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All of Henderson’s five goal contributions this season have come since he was switched to playing as a no.8 but there are still some who question whether or not he is the best man for the job.

One thing that almost guarantees that he will start 40+ games per season is the fact that he is the club captain but unlike in previous years, that is no longer the only reason.

 

He has been genuinely good as a box to box midfielder and even as a holding midfielder.

Jordan Henderson.

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If, hypothetically speaking, Klopp’s first choice midfield next season is a triumvirate of Fabinho, Keita and Hendo, that means the German still has Gini Wijnaldum and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in reserve.

There is plenty of quality available to the former Borussia Dortmund boss and the likelihood of him signing another midfielder that would displace any of the current starters seems unlikely.

Just as Stan Collymore was wrong to suggest that Ruben Neves is needed at Liverpool as the Reds’ starting holding midfielder, it would be wrong to claim that someone like Donny van de Beek or Houssem Aouar are required to be successful.

Houssem Aouar

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Klopp guided his players to a 97-point second place finish in the Premier League as well as to a second successive Champions League final.

What the Anfield outfit needs is a little more luck because this group of players will only get better next season.

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