Liverpool don’t make too many mistakes in the transfer market. The Reds certainly made a mistake this summer. We have been left without a first team centre back partnership due to a string of unfortunate injuries. The question facing the boss this weekend: who plays alongside Joe Gomez? Liverpool could start Jordan Henderson at centre back against West Ham.
Liverpool injury crisis
This summer Liverpool sold Dejan Lovren and neglected to replace the Croatian.
The decision was questioned by fans and pundits alike, many pondering the wisdom of starting with just three centre backs.
In the Merseyside Derby we saw the gamble backfire magnificently. Virgil van Dijk tore his ACL when he was clattered into by Jordan Pickford, ruling him out for the season.
Joel Matip has since been sidelined by a muscle injury and we’ve seen Fabinho dropped into the defence as a result.
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Now we don’t even have Fabby to rely on as he has picked up a hamstring injury.
Jordan Henderson centre back
In the Club World Cup we saw Jordan Henderson deployed at centre back.
The boss may need to revisit this bold decision this weekend as the Reds face West Ham United at Anfield.
Jürgen Klopp will trust the skipper to be professional enough to adapt for the good of the team.
However, whether he has the ability to adapt to the centre back role by Saturday is another matter entirely.
In the Club World Cup the captain was thoroughly impressive when deployed in the back four.
The Premier League is a different prospect altogether, it won’t be as straightforward dropping into defence against the pace and power of Michail Antonio.
There are other options of course, though we can’t rule out the boss wanting to opt for experience over youthful exuberance.