BBC pundit Garth Crooks believes Liverpool lose to Fulham without Jordan Henderson. The captain made all the difference in his eyes.
Liverpool struggled badly at Fulham on Sunday. The Reds weren’t just sloppy in possession – they didn’t look like creating anything.
If you’d watched the two sides in isolation, relegation battlers Fulham looked the more likely title contenders. Liverpool were just rotten.
And that’s with what was about as good a first XI as Jurgen Klopp could mange. He didn’t rest players here – the boss wanted a win.
He had to settle for a draw in the end but Garth Crooks believes things could have been worse. Crooks sees Jordan Henderosn as the reason Liverpool managed a point.
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“No Jordan Henderson in this side and Liverpool lose this game,” he wrote for the BBC. “Ravaged by injury, I get the feeling the Reds might be feeling a little sorry for themselves but not Henderson.
“Liverpool are facing a gruelling period over Christmas but I bet captain fantastic plays in every one of those fixtures.”
Crooks included Henderson in his Team of the Week. That’s quite a compliment, given how poor the Reds were.
The captain certainly had a decent game, particularly in defence.
Henderson won both of his tackles, made two interceptions (most for Liverpool) and four clearances. Fulham also didn’t dribble past him once and he was one of the few who they didn’t dispossess.
Henderson stepped up, then, when few could. It’s just a shame that no one really showed themselves in attack.
If they had, then perhaps we’d be talking about how Henderson helped drag Liverpool to three points instead of just the one.
We don’t know if Crooks is right about Henderson playing every single game this month as fitness may not allow that. But one thing is for sure – Klopp will want his captain out there for them all.