Liverpool’s disappointing 2-2 draw against Sunderland last week demonstrated just how important Jordan Henderson is to this team.
His absence was obvious with a lack of composure and leadership seeing the Reds give away a lead on two separate occasions in a game that the players really should have won.
The skipper has gone about his business quietly this season as a result of Liverpool’s headline-grabbing attacking stars yet he has posed as an influential and level-headed figure in central midfield.
Jurgen Klopp has given a positive update regarding the 26-year-old’s fitness after he picked up a minor knock in Liverpool’s New Year’s Eve victory against Manchester City.
He told Liverpoolfc.com: “Actually, it is good news if you want – we had this issue with the heel and we had to take him out for a while, but he is already on the way back.”
“He has no chance for the weekend and I am sure [there’ll be] no risk for Southampton, but then I think it is absolutely possible that he’s back.”
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Klopp’s ‘absolutely possible’ claim sets Henderson up to return in Liverpool’s clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford on January 15 in a game that could see a handful of stars feature after recovering from injury.
The Reds could be boosted by not only the return of the former Sunderland man but also the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge and Joel Matip.
We seem to be getting our key players back together at just the right time.