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Liverpool: Can they cope without Henderson?

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Thanks to a clumsy challenge on Samir Nasri in the final moments of Liverpool's 3-2 win over Manchester City, Jordan Henderson now has to settle for a three match ban with four crucial games left in his sides title-race.

The former Sunderland youth graduate has blossomed into an instrumental part of Brendan Rodgers' lethal X1, who have scored 93 goals already in the league.

However, the Liverpool boss will have to rely on either Joe Allen or Lucas Leiva to fill their teammates' boots.

Having started all 34 of the Liverpool's league clashes this season, their next opponents Norwich must be licking their lips - with Alexander Tettey and Leroy Fer's physicality now posing a real threat in the middle of the park. 

Although, either Allen or Lucas have the ability to step up to the mark, Henderson's record this season would be a hard task for any player to emulate. 

The 23-year old has completed 1,929 passes throughout the campaign - in comparison to captain Steven Gerrard's 1,874. He has also created 60 chances (only to be bettered by Luis Suarez) which is again three more than Gerrard, along with having a better passing accuracy in an opponents half than his midfield compatriot by 3%.

To make matters worse for Brendan Rodgers, his side host Chelsea and Jose Mourinho in their 36th league game of the season. The fixture is arguably the title deciding match with Mourinho's men currently two-points off the pace.

With Chelsea's defence in fine-form coming up against Liverpool's deadly strike force, Rodgers and Gerrard will both know Chelsea will look to exploit the gap which Henderson will leave behind - and after working closely with Mourinho in his early days as a manager, Rodgers is likely to anticipate the way in which his mentor will set up for the clash. 

If Liverpool are to continue their ten-game winning streak, the right amount of caution must be applied without taking away their attacking edge. Although Lucas and Gerrard have complimented each other in the past, Gerrard has taken up a deeper role which has worked well so far this year.

Perhaps this is the chance for Joe Allen, who has featured already this year, to run the show in front of Gerrard - and endeavour to harass his opponents as much as Henderson has done already this year. 

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