In these uncertain times there is a comforting consolation for Jürgen Klopp.
Henderson fills the Van Dijk breach
Jordan Henderson led the way for Liverpool as Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota took the lead in a hard-fought victory over Sheffield United
Henderson spurred his team on, picked up the ball on the inside right and hit a cross that led to a tie for Roberto Firmino.
It wasn’t the first time the captain decided to take matters into his own hands, as the Reds, who were trailing and obviously upset by the recent VAR setback, struggled to get back to rest at halftime.
Liverpool can always rely on Jordan Henderson.
But it was a perfect example of Henderson still being the heartbeat of this team, a true captain. No wonder Klopp calls him his “General”, leadership qualities on which Liverpool will rely even more with the absence of Virgil van Dijk.
In the end it was a contribution that could easily be overlooked.
And only David Coote’s computer lines prevented him from beating a dramatically late winner at Everton last weekend.
The midfielder made it to Ajax in the middle of the week and came off the bench to help Liverpool achieve a major victory in the opening match of the Champions League group.
After Thiago Alcantara and Naby Keita had moved to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the sideline, James Milner was exhausted after Wednesday’s game and Fabinho in defense, Henderson remained in the engine room alongside Gini Wijnaldum to shoulder the load.
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It is the kind of situation in which the captain – fighting, struggling and on the forefoot – continues to wallow.
There is only one problem, to have the world’s best player in his position available.
After losing Van Dijk most likely for the rest of the season, the surprise return of Alisson Becker was a major boost for Liverpool here.
By definition, it is not quite the same when they are not here.
But it says a lot about the difference he makes that it felt longer, especially when Van Dijk was down.
Alison’s shoulder problem only kept him out for three games.