Garth Crooks believes Jordan Henderson ‘might have’ saved Liverpool’s season. Unfortunately, the captain suffered an injury on Saturday.
Liverpool suffered a fourth consecutive defeat at Anfield this weekend. Even worse, it was against Everton.
The Toffees won their first Merseyside derby away from Goodison since 1999. A historically awful result for the Reds, then.
It leaves Liverpool sixth but Everton and Aston Villa can climb above them, should they win their games in hand.
Liverpool are far away from their season’s plans. This was supposed to be about a second-consecutive title win and cementing their place as an all-time great side.
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Instead, injuries have torn the plans up and left the club struggling for even a top 4 spot.
According to Garth Crooks, though, the defeat wasn’t necessarily the worst thing about Saturday. The Reds also lost ‘the one player’ who could have turned things around.
Crooks believes Jordan Henderson ‘might have’ been able to get the season back on track.
“If Liverpool’s title race was not entirely over after their defeat against Manchester City it certainly is now,” Crooks wrote for the BBC.
“Jordan Henderson’s departure from their defeat against Everton has sealed that.
“The one player who might have galvanised a last-minute challenge to what seems an unassailable Manchester City lead might have been Henderson.
“Once the England midfielder went off injured that was the end of that.”
Henderson went off in the first half at Anfield with what Jurgen Klopp later said was an adductor injury. We don’t yet know how long he’ll be out for.
What RTK has to say
We’re always big fans of Henderson praise but we think Crooks is overstating things, here. No one could instantly get Liverpool turned around and fighting for the title.
Morale is too low and the problems run too deep.
No enough quality options at the back, for one, while for forward trio aren’t functioning together for the first time in years. Right now, it feels like it’ll take a drastic change to fix things.