Some Liverpool fans have laid into Jordan Henderson after his sub-par showing against Manchester City in the Community Shield.
The Reds were beaten on penalties at Wembley after the game finished 1-1 after 90 minutes.
Raheem Sterling opened the scoring for City in the first half, with Joel Matip equalising in the 77th minute.
Liverpool struggled to get going in the first half, but eventually found a foothold as City’s level dropped.
The Reds have not had the best of pre-seasons and there could be some concern from Jurgen Klopp with the Premier League to officially commence next weekend.
Perhaps the German will have a decision to make for the opening match against Norwich City, with captain Henderson having struggled against the Citizens.
Arguably, the likes of Adam Lallana and Naby Keita gave better accounts of themselves when they came on in the second half.
Liverpool fans react
The consensus after the game appeared to be that £140,000-a-week ace Henderson (Spotrac) is limited technically.
Many Reds fans were not impressed with the 29-year-old’s lack of penetration with his passing – which is something that he has been criticised for in the past:
Naby keita must be reavaulating his life right now…jordan Henderson is starting over him. A footballer who cant kick a ball straight is starting over a footballer who Barca and bayern wanted. Appalling
— LIVERPOOL UCL WINNERS 2019 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆 (@MoneyyMotivee1) 4 August 2019
Where is the midfield? Henderson, Gini, Fabinho? And seems Arnold and Robbo still not back from the holidays…Whats happening and the PL starts in less than a week. Need some new signing 💘💘💘
— Vintage_LFC (@LFCTymer_1) 4 August 2019
Please take Henderson off 😭 #LFC
— Dan! (@DanHayes360) 4 August 2019
No midfield. Absolutely need to get it sorted. Is Gini actually on the pitch and not in Holland?
Is Henderson actually leading the team,barking orders? Robbo is absent as well.Probably because no cover from Origi ! #LFC poor.
— mickey1more ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (@mickey1more) 4 August 2019
Henderson is having an awful game so far.
— Udit Sharma ⓁⒻⒸ (@uditsharma01) 4 August 2019
Henderson isn’t particularly smart
— Bassam (@BassamLFC) 4 August 2019
Henderson been terrible
— Shadab Monjur (@Shadab_LFC) 4 August 2019
Klopp takes a midfielder off and it isn’t one of Henderson or Wijnaldum. Baffling.
— Origi (90’+6) (@LFCTikiTaka) 4 August 2019
Fabinho off? Henderson looks absolutely spent
— E (@E21LFC) 4 August 2019
@LFC please please replace Henderson with a decent midfielder! Nothing personal, lovely guy who runs about alot, but has no pace, & no intuition. We need a quicker more strategic player & captain. Come on! Don’t let Man city win!
— Barbara Sage (@ladybie11) 4 August 2019
Henderson has been at this club for a decade and still hasn’t learned how to rotate possession
— LFC (@LeftFootersClub) 4 August 2019