Jurgen Klopp has today spoken to the press ahead of Liverpool’s must-win fixture this weekend against Chelsea in the Premier League.
“Players come in my office and ask for another position,” the boss is quoted as saying by the Liverpool Echo.
“We had that talk and I knew [Jordan Henderson] could play [in an advanced] position, but you could see he wanted it, he was energetic and lively and that’s my job to bring the players in the strongest position if possible and if not you play in another position.
“It’s not difficult that he’s now in contention for the 8 [role] though after that performance against Porto.”
Henderson was brought on to play in a more advanced role against Southampton, when the lads were looking as if they’d had enough.
The skipper changed the game; with the introduction of himself and James Milner the Reds began to purr.
It wasn’t long before Hendo made an impact. He provided Mo Salah with an assist before grabbing his first goal of the season just before full-time.
Our Mackem midfielder was deployed in a similar role against Porto too – and he played another brilliant game. The captain provided an energetic physicality to the middle of the park that we haven’t seen much of this year.