Tony Cascarino has told The Times (28/09; The Game supplement; page 5) that Jordan Henderson faces a fight for his Liverpool place, despite being named as the Football of the Year last season.
The 30-year-old missed last night’s win over Arsenal after picking up an injury in the game against Chelsea last weekend.
With Fabinho, Naby Keita, Gini Wijnaldum and new recruit Thiago Alcantara all vying for a place in Jurgen Klopp’s team, Cascarino thinks Henderson might struggle.
He told The Times (28/09; The Game supplement; page 5): “Jordan Henderson might be the first man to be named Football of the Year and within weeks no longer be a first-choice starter for his club.
“Henderson is still a massive figure for Jurgen Klopp and will remain a big influence but Liverpool’s first-choice midfield this season could be Fabinho, who is so crucial to them, Thiago Alcantara and Gini Wijnaldum.
“Of course, Henderson will get games but he needs to take his game up a level to be a guaranteed starter.”
Cascarino does raise an interesting point, although it’s worth remembering he did start the club’s first two games.
Henderson has been a revelation for Liverpool during the last 18 months, proving a superb leader in the ranks.
At 30 he still has plenty of time left to play regularly for Liverpool and he will fancy his chances of getting a game.
Having to maintain his very best form is simply what each and every Liverpool player has to do to keep their place in the team – and Henderson is no different.
Klopp is loyal to his players and it would be a shock to see the £140,000-a-week star simply lose his place in the team.
Henderson is respected by his boss and his teammates and it seems likely that the midfielder will remain a big player for the club this season.