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Brendan Rodgers was stupid to play Jordan Henderson against Bournemouth

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It's no coincidence that the three matches that Jordan Henderson has missed this season his club they haven't won.

The captain is an invaluable player for the team and his absence due to a heel injury hasn't been mentioned enough to explain Liverpool's lacklustre performances recently.

Ok, a 0-0 draw at the Emirates was a good result but a 3-0 loss at home to West Ham and a 3-1 defeat at Old Trafford was very disappointing.

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Injections

The 25-year old took injections in an attempt to get him through the Bournemouth game back on August 17. 

But it was a risk that really didn't pay off. Henderson was subbed after just 52 minutes, unable to play his usual energetic game.

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A month later and Henderson is flying off to America to receive specialist treatment for his injury and his comeback looks a few weeks off yet. Henderson will travel with club doctor Andy Massey to visit orthopaedic specialist Dr James Cozzarelli in New Jersey.

Yes, Henderson did assist Christian Benteke's controversial goal during the Bournemouth match but did they really need him to play to beat a newly promoted team at home?

Aggravating

If he had rested his injury then he may have been fit to face Arsenal the following week but aggravating his injury against Bournemouth was just stupid. On his behalf, Brendan Rodgers' behalf and the medical team's behalf.

It wasn't as though Liverpool didn't know how important their captain is. Just look at the end of the 2013/14 season when Liverpool were so close to winning the league. In fact, they may well have won their first Premier League title if it hadn't been for Henderson's sending off late on against Manchester City.

Henderson missed both the devastating 2-0 loss at home to Chelsea and the incredible 3-3 draw away to Crystal Palace during his three-match ban which ultimately lost Liverpool the title.

Maybe Rodgers was all too aware of his importance which is why he felt the need to play him. It could be a decision that plays a factor in the Northern Irishman eventually losing his job because a defeat against Norwich in Liverpool's next league match could end his reign.

Void

Henderson's void leaves Liverpool with a large problem. The England international had been deployed in a defensive midfield position during the two matches he did start. Lucas Leiva has attempted to fill the boots left by Henderson but they are very different players.

The Brazilian covers, probably, half of the pitch that Henderson does and doesn't posses anywhere near the passing ability of his teammate.

That energy and his passing ability has been sorely missed with Lucas Leiva unable to break up opponents attacks and nobody able to start an attack with an incisive ball forward.

Liverpool and Rodgers need Henderson back soon. Very soon.

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