Liverpool will face their final four games of the Premier League season without Jordan Henderson in what could prove a big insight into Jurgen Klopp’s summer transfer thinking.
The Reds are not expected to be big spenders this summer. Despite winning the league, it is believed Klopp is happy enough with the majority of his squad and not, as yet, looking to build on that success.
Despite mentions of a potential move for Thiago Alcantara, the decision to pull out of a deal for Timo Werner might prove telling as to their spending intentions.
However, those intentions could well change depending on the final four games. With Henderson missing, Klopp will be looking for his players to step up and prove they can deal with the skipper’s absence.
February and March were difficult, a repeat could mean Klopp dips into the market
While Liverpool have been imperious for most of the season, the only minor consistent blip in their campaign came when Henderson was missing previously.
In the three games he missed, the Reds limped over the line against struggling West Ham and Bournemouth, while they were hammered by a resurgent Watford, who have, of course, since dipped back off.
Henderson missed all three of those games. The game at Watford can be attributed to a one-off. But Bournemouth should have taken something from Anfield, while it took an 81st-minute Sadio Mane winner to see off the Hammers.
It will, then, be interesting to see how Liverpool cope again without their captain. Naby Keita has impressed lately, while the emergence of Curtis Jones has been a bonus for Klopp, too.
However, should the Reds struggle, then Klopp could well force the issue over the summer and ask his board to go big in the market for an extra midfield option.