New Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Jordan Henderson will remain the captain of his squad when the promising midfielder returns to action from injury.
However, Henderson didn’t feature in any of the matches under Klopp after breaking a bone in his right foot last September against Bournemouth. Before that he also suffered from a heel problem also. Since then, summer signing James Milner is wearing the armband aside two brief spells when Mamadou Sakho and Martin Skrtel led the Reds.
The 25-year-old English midfielder is expected to return in a few weeks and the German boss has already assured him that the captains’ armband will still be waiting for him when he is back.
“I did not have one second of a doubt about this,” Klopp said. “I don’t know who made the decision, maybe the team, I didn’t ask because it is logical for me.
“I’ve met him and he is absolutely a leader. We all hope he’s back in a few weeks. And of course Hendo stays captain.”
The 25 year-old-midfielder at the start of September visited a specialist in New York as he was experiencing pain in left heel during Stoke and Bournemouth match in August this year.
After that he had gone for a series of injections to cure the persistent problem much quicker, but sadly again fractured his metatarsal just 72 hours after being treated.
Klopp is yet to be beaten since replacing Brendan Rodgers on Merseyside while winning three straight matches after first three games under him finished in draws. Liverpool will host Crystal Palace at home on Sunday and Jurgen Klopp will look for four back to back victories.
James Milner could be the preferable option for Klopp who makes way for Jordan Henderson on the right side of midfield. Henderson can operate down the right, but it’s not his natural position, so the German boss might give Henderson a more advanced role in front of the two steady holding midfielders. Also to accommodate Henderson in his plan Klopp can go for a front trio of Benteke, Coutinho and Firmino. If that’s the case, then Lallana might end up on the bench.