Jordan Henderson's broken foot gives Rodgers serious problem

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In a squad that already had little midfield muscle, in comparison to the League's big boys, yet another hole has been poked in their weak centre.

A massive blow - especially given that the hole poked is Reds captain, Jordan Henderson. The 25-year-old has become an integral part of this side since his move from Sunderland in 2011.

Whilst earning the faith of Roy Hodgson; making a total of 22 caps for the Three Lions.


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According to Sky Sports - Henderson will need an operation on his foot and is likely to be out till at least November.

Frustrating for Brendan Rodgers, as the Liverpool gaffer was hoping to have the centre-midfielder back for last Sunday's fixture against Norwich.

Given this bad news for the red half of Liverpool, who looks set to replace Jordan Henderson in the heart of midfield?

There are a number of options, mostly in the form of Lucas Leiva, James Milner, Emre Can and even Jordan Rossiter.

However, who out of this group of midfield enforcers is favourite to replace the injured Henderson? Let's analyse the key candidates.

James Milner

The former Aston Villa winger is most definitely the favourite to replace the out of contention Liverpool captain. Mostly because he's played their regularly so far this year.

Not to mention Roberto Mancini often deployed him in this position for his title-winning Manchester City side, a good sign?

Wishfully for the Anfield side, as Brendan Rodgers looks set to attempt Champions League qualification this season.

Lucas Leiva

Over 199 appearances for Liverpool since 2007 doesn't lie, the Brazilian has been one of the Reds' most consistent performers - though often under-appreciated.

He has fallen out of favour recently under Rodgers, however, given his consistent quality in the 2013/2014 season earning him a new contract - it can't hurt to test him out?

Emre Can

The German international is most certainly a massive shout for the role; his commanding presence, composure in possession, defensive solidarity and commanding aerial displays put him well in contention.

Mostly played at full-back by Brendan Rodgers last season, the 21-year-old will be looking to cement his natural position while Henderson sits on the sidelines.

Jordan Rossiter

The Liverpool academy graduate made his first start for the club recently, in the Europa League against Bordeaux. Because of this, surely he has to be in for a shot at the slot?

According to The Liverpool Echo - Rossiter loved every minute of his European debut. So, surely the 18-year-old will be motivated to make a name for himself in the Premier League.

The only question is, will Rodgers have enough faith to deploy him? We can only anticipate finding out.

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