Liverpool have suffered with an unprecedented injury crisis this season. The Reds have lost scores of players to the treatment table, causing a serious disruption to the side. Not only are we missing our starters but we’re suffering from playing stars out of position. Lee Hendrie has discussed the impact of Jordan Henderson dropping out of the midfield.
Centre back crisis
Back in the autumn we lost our starting centre back partnership.
Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez picked up season ending knee injuries just weeks apart.
Fabinho and Joel Matip battled on at the back, both dropping out with problems of their own from time to time.
Eventually even Matip was ruled out for the season.
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Jordan Henderson has been forced to deputise in recent weeks, the skipper dropping into the back four alongside Fabby and, more recently, Nat Phillips.
Lee Hendrie on Jordan Henderson
The Reds faced Brighton with the skipper in the back four.
His absence from the midfield was felt in the gaps left open for the visitors to play, when Hendo is in the middle we don’t let our opposition out of their own third.
Lee Hendrie believes Jordan Henderson playing at the back is costing Liverpool, he told Sky Sports (06/02/21 at 1:45 pm):
“I think [Henderson] has been fantastic for Liverpool, but when you put him back at centre-half, you are losing what you have got.
“I know they had no choice but they have got two new defenders. I thought that was the time [against Brighton] for Davies to come in.
“I just think having Henderson at central midfield, he dictates a lot of play, he is a big voice in the changing room and he’s a big leader.”
What RTK has to say
Liverpool have been suffering from having Hendo out of the midfield.
We need to start him in the middle today but that would mean Jürgen Klopp trusting Ozan Kabak to step up in a huge game.
It would be a brave decision from the gaffer but it is one which could decide the game and in turn the title race.