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Is Jordan Henderson's Liverpool form an issue or is Klopp right not to worry?

Jordan Henderson seems to have a good game every second match, but his form might become a problem for Liverpool if he can’t find some consistency soon.

Sadio Mane and Andy Robertson have joked with the skipper on Instagram that he was a bit ‘stiff’ in training and, while he laughed it off, he seems to have been that way in games recently.

I was over the moon when ‘Captain Hendo’ put pen to paper on a new deal with the club which is reportedly worth £190,000 per week and will run until 2025.

It was met by overwhelming positivity in the summer, as the news that he could have left the club due to lack of progress in talks was, in contrast, met with dismay by fans on social media.

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Henderson deserves his new contract and he still has a lot to offer Liverpool in terms of on-pitch displays, and his leadership on and off the pitch will be a boon for the Reds for some time.

However, his form this season has been confusing at best and frustrating at worst. I understand he is not everyone’s favourite player and his style can be a little awkward, but his trivela assist to Mohamed Salah at Old Trafford was simply outstanding.

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I hate to say it but, had Kevin De Bruyne played that pass, Twitter would be awash with appreciation posts for the technique and vision involved.

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The skipper followed that fantastic midfield display with a performance against Brighton that made Adam Lallana, playing as an attacking midfielder for the Seagulls, look like a world-class no.10.

His best friend was a step ahead of him for every play of the game aside from the cracking goal that Hendo scored in the fourth minute. It almost felt as though Naby Keita was directing the play and dictating the tempo and, when he left the pitch, things fell apart.

However, as Keita’s senior by five years and the club captain, it really should be Henderson that was taking charge of the game and, at the very least, when he recognised things were going awry, he needed to step in and settle the game.

Of course, it is unfair to place the blame on Henderson alone. But it’s not the first game this season that has passed the skipper by almost entirely and, just like the Manchester City draw, it seems as if he cannot take the game by the scruff of the neck and take it where he wants or needs it to go.

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I don’t think there are any supporters that are under the illusion that he’s a midfielder that will win games regularly with a goal or an assist. However, what Liverpool needed was a cool head and all they got was Henderson passing the ball from side to side.

It is blatantly clear that he doesn’t excel as the deepest midfielder if he’s required to dictate the game, and this was underlined by the fact that Trent Alexander-Arnold moved into a central role, while Hendo moved to an auxiliary right-back role to allow his teammate more control over the match.

Hopefully, the return of Thiago and Fabinho can help Henderson do what he’s best at: winning the ball and doing the hard work for the more creative players to flourish.

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