It is no big news that Liverpool FC’s defence is their main problems. But the problem also lies at the heart of their midfield. Jordan Henderson has taken over the captain’s armband following Steven Gerrards’s retirement, but he has hardly done anything that merits that decision taken by Jurgen Klopp.
The England international has failed to inspire his team and has become an added liability with the defence. Here, we take a look at the reasons as to why the 27-year-old should leave the Reds soon.
As a defensive midfielder, he has not performed his tasks
Henderson has always been a superb passer of the ball. He vision and incisiveness to pack out long-range passes has been a virtue of his. But, given the problems at the back, he has been drawn into a deeper role. And this is where he has not been able to cope with the demands.
He rarely makes any interceptions, and cannot deal with the pressure of opposition attackers. Worse still, when under pressure, his passing goes haywire and he is all over the place. Henderson is frail when it comes to performing defensive duties, and he has not exactly covered himself in glory on the attacking front either.
A highly injury-prone player
One of the areas where Liverpool simply cannot afford to mess up is the midfield. With the defence having a torrid time, the midfield should have the strongest possible lineup in order to provide a balance. If the leader himself fails to make himself available, then it puts an added burden on the team. Henderson has gone through various phases of injuries and is not one of the players who you can even count on being fit for at least 25 of the 38 scheduled matches. Not a reliable attribute, as like-for-like replacements are very hard to come by.
Questionable leadership qualities
What Steven Gerrard did apart from influencing attacks and scoring goals, was inspire. Henderson does not seem to be able to do that. He himself is often at a loss for what to do and what not to do, let alone take a call on behalf of the team as a whole. The squad seems confused, and Henderson is not really helping out. He has not been the player his teammates would look up to, and his decision making has been poor in dealing with crisis situations.