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Liverpool fans have conspiracy theory about Jordan Henderson's late yellow card

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Liverpool weren't quite able to move to the top of the Premier League on Saturday evening despite beating West Bromwich Albion 2-1 at Anfield.

Nevertheless, now trailing leaders Arsenal by only one goal after their latest win, it was certainly a positive night on Merseyside for Jurgen Klopp's men.

Perhaps the only negative was Jordan Henderson picking up a yellow card in the 89th minute. As his fifth of the season, the Liverpool captain now faces an automatic one-game ban. However, according to some fans at least, there may have been an ulterior motive behind Henderson's booking.

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The 26-year-old midfielder was booked for dissent by referee Neil Swarbrick in the 89th minute of Saturday's game.

As a result, he will now be unavailable for Liverpool's upcoming EFL Cup round of 16 tie against Tottenham on Wednesday.

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With Klopp keen to vanquish last season's defeat in the final of the cup competition, you might think Henderson's absence would be a disappointment.

However, some Liverpool fans actually believe Henderson's yellow card was actually an intentional ploy by the Anfield club so that they would have their captain available - and free from the suspension tightrope - for their next Premier League fixture, against Crystal Palace next weekend.

Liverpool are expected to rotate their squad for the cup tie against Spurs anyway, so purposefully making sure they are without Henderson for a game he may well not have played is a shrewd move.

Especially when you consider their current standing in the Premier League. Just one goal shy of being top of the pile, Klopp will know he can't afford to let his side ease up after a fast start this season.

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Manchester City could go above them with a win tomorrow against Southampton and the likes of Spurs, Chelsea and Manchester United (depending on Sunday's result) aren't far behind them.

Although Henderson took some criticism for his performances early in the campaign, the midfielder has grown in stature in recent weeks to take on a prominent role during Liverpool's good run of form.

Having his available in the Premier League would, therefore, be a big boost.

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