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Jose Enrique urges Jurgen Klopp to play Jordan Henderson at centre-back for Manchester City clash

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Jose Enrique urges Jurgen Klopp to play Jordan Henderson at centre-back for Manchester City clash


Liverpool’s options at the back are severely limited (Picture: Getty Images)

Jose Enrique says he would opt to play Jordan Henderson at centre-back for Liverpool’s clash against title rivals Manchester City next weekend.

Jurgen Klopp’s injury problems in defence have grown after losing both Virgil van Dijk and stand-in centre-back Fabinho to injury.

Van Dijk is likely to be sidelined for the majority of the season with a serious knee ligament injury, while Fabinho was forced off the pitch with a hamstring issue in the 2-0 win over Midtjylland in midweek.

Fabinho suffered a hamstring problem in the win over Midtjylland (Picture: Getty Images)

With Joel Matip also suffering with a leg problem, Klopp picked Nathaniel Phillips at centre-back for Saturday’s 2-1 victory against West Ham.

The 23-year-old made just his second first team appearance for the Reds having spent last season on loan at Bundesliga side Stuttgart.

But ex-Liverpool left-back Enrique would play midfielder Henderson over Phillips or youngster Rhys Williams at centre-back when his former side host City at Anfield next Sunday, if Thiago can return to fitness.

‘It depends if Thiago is fit for that game,’ Enrique told Stadium Astro.

‘Thiago can play in Henderson’s role and Henderson can play as a centre back. I believe Hendo would do well wherever you play him, as a right back he does well. 

‘Who I would put [against City], maybe I would put Hendo for this type of game.

‘He looks a strange choice, but definitely, I would not choose Williams because he didn’t play today [against West Ham]. So it would be between Phillips and Jordan Henderson, depending on Thiago’s fitness.’

Enrique believes West Ham’s approach was perfect for the aerially dominant Phillips, but City would provide a completely different challenge for the inexperienced defender.

‘It was perfect for him, Liverpool had the ball all the time, there was long balls, [he] tried to head the balls, he’s really tall and good at that,’ Enrique added.

‘From what I’ve seen before at Stutttgart he’s more unlikely to be good in 1v1 situations or when there’s space.

‘Manchester City are going to play you 1v1, they’re not going to drop like West Ham.

‘The guy deserves another chance because of how well he played today, but I’m not sure when you play against a team that will be fighting for the title.’

MORE: Jurgen Klopp reacts to Nathaniel Phillips’ ‘monster’ performance for Liverpool against West Ham

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