Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson breaks foot

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The Liverpool Echo reports that Reds' captain Jordan Henderson is out for two months with a broken right ankle.

Henderson has already had a couple of heel issues this season but this seems to be unrelated to those prior problems.

The question that remains is who will replace Jordan Henderson at the centre of Liverpool's midfield and who will lead Liverpool to hopefully better performances in his absence.


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Who will replace Henderson?

In Sunday's game against Norwich, which ended in a 1-1 draw, Lucas Leiva was the one who was chosen by Brendan Rodgers to replace his injured captain.

It's been a couple of games since Henderson has not started for Liverpool however, with his last start being back on 18 August when Liverpool played Bournemouth.

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Since then, Rodgers has been playing around with his midfield alternating between Roberto Firmino, Emre Can, Lucas Leiva and James Milner.

It's the latter who seems to have been favoured over other midfielders and he definitely looks like he will take over the Reds' midfield as well as the captain's armband since he was named Liverpool vice-captain earlier this season.

Liverpool have got a number of quality players to replace Henderson and they should have no trouble doing so, but whether or not those players will improve the team is another question.

Liverpool have not had the best start to the Premier League season, currently sitting in 13th place after six games with notably bad performances against West Ham (3-0 loss at home) and Norwich City (1-1 at home).

Big blow in Liverpool's season?

With Jordan Henderson, the Reds have won two Premier League games and that's been it. Indeed, Liverpool have lost and drawn two games as well and in the Europa League also only managed a draw against Bordeaux earlier last week.

Jordan Henderson seemed to bring balance to the Liverpool side and despite not having the best performances even when he did play, he was a crucial part of the Reds' midfield and really helped to create chances.

With Daniel Sturridge having just come back from injury, Henderson's injury might not be as big of a blow as we might think but the English striker was disappointing against Norwich in the 1-1 draw at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.

Liverpool fans have showed their disappointment and are starting to lose patience with Brendan Rodgers and the club will seriously need to win their next couple of games if they are to compete with the top 4 and qualify from their Europa League group.

Unfortunately for Liverpool, things might only get worse as they have a big month coming up in October with games against Everton, Tottenham, Rubin Kazan, Southampton and Chelsea.

Will the Reds overcome the challenge and win those next few games and really kickstart their season? We'll have to wait and see but it seems like it will be a tough ask considering the unfortunate injury of Liverpool skipper, Jordan Henderson.

Can Liverpool cope in the absence of Henderson? Is Rodgers' time nearly up as manager? Give YOUR opinion in the comment box below.

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