Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp took time during his pre-match press-conference before the trip to Sunderland to praise his captain Jordan Henderson, reports the Echo.
The English midfielder was our best player versus Leicester City on Wednesday, rightly collecting the Man of the Match award following a courageous and battling performance filled with moments of quality.
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“He was strong v Leicester. That’s how he is, he gets his rhythm and it’s really important he stays in this,” Klopp said.
“He was good in Watford too. Now, next step for him against Leicester he was really dominant. It was the first time we played with Hendo and Emre together. He was showing everything on the pitch, showing the way.
“Sometimes we had to have a little conversation, to tell one of them to wait. But it was really good. I hope he stays fit and he will help us. He’s a high quality player.”
It’s no surprise at all that Klopp appreciates Henderson’s ability. The captain is an all-action player who will contribute in defence and attack, and enjoys the game at a fast pace – like his new manager.
His work-rate, intensity and pressing similarly suits Klopp’s style, and it’s crucial that the skipper is back fit for us.
If Henderson and Daniel Sturridge had been healthy all season, we’d likely be much higher up the table than we are currently.
With James Milner out injured, Henderson and Emre Can will surely continue in midfield, although it’s possible that Klopp will deploy a third centre-midfielder away to Sunderland to counter Sam Allardyce’s men. If this occurs, expect Lucas to re-enter the fray following his poor afternoon versus Watford.