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Liverpool have significant Jordan Henderson issue Jurgen Klopp must fix to win more titles


Of course, Liverpool’s miserable run of recent form preceded Henderson’s injury but with him in the team, and especially in midfield, they are simply far more likely to pick up points.

The difference in performance is notable when the skipper is either out of the side altogether or is pulled back into central defence.

Liverpool lack the same drive and tempo and the balance in midfield simply is not the same, either in attack or defence.

Fabinho playing in the holding role, rather than in central defence, also makes a sizeable difference but no-one is as important as Henderson as the team’s record without him shows.

With Henderson prone to the odd niggle and having turned 30 back in June, it is a problem Liverpool really cannot afford to linger much longer.

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How Klopp fixes the issue is not entirely clear, as it is not as if Liverpool are shy of leaders without Henderson on the pitch, but the Reds will be acutely aware of the drop-off in performances and results in the absence of their skipper.

If they want to win more Premier Leagues and Champions Leagues in the years to come, they must figure out how to ease how reliant they are on having Henderson start in central midfield.





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