Jordan Henderson's return could be bad news for James Milner

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Jurgen Klopp faces his first big decision as Liverpool manager when he welcomes back club captain Jordan Henderson to first-team action.

The 25-year-old hasn't featured for the Anfield club since limping off with a heel injury against Bournemouth back in August.

A lot has changed at the club since Henderson last played, and Klopp now faces the dilemma of fitting the midfielder back into the team.


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The German manager has favoured a 4-3-3 formation recently with Emre Can, Lucas Leiva and James Milner occupying the three central midfield positions.

They have a great balance with Milner operating on the right and Can on the left. These two have been doing all the hard-work, taking it in turns to drive forward while the other holds their position. Meanwhile, Lucas has been magnificent in the holding position.

There's no doubt that, when fully fit, Henderson will be starting matches every week. He is a player that Klopp will love; hard-working but with bags of ability.

Absolute leader

When asked whether he agrees with former manager Brendan Rodgers' decision to select Henderson as captain, Klopp said: “We never had to think about whether Henderson was the right captain,” he said, as per

“I’ve met him, he’s an absolute leader and he’s in a good way at this moment.”

Can has been brilliant under Klopp. So too has Lucas in the more defensive position. So the likely midfielder to drop out is Milner.

Going forward

Henderson has the ability to do the hard-work Milner has been doing but offers a bit more than the former Manchester City man going forward. For all of his energy, Milner rarely creates chances with his final ball often lacking. This is something Henderson can bring to the team.

But with the 25-year-old returning it doesn't necessarily mean the end for Milner starting in a red shirt.

In the early days of his reign, Klopp deployed Milner in the right wing position. His work-rate is fantastic and he fits into the 'gegenpressing' system perfectly.

But if Klopp wants more creativity and the ability to unlock a defence, he may opt for the likes of Adam Lallana or Jordan Ibe in that position.


It will be interesting to see what Klopp has up his sleeve to fit his captain into the side. Many of the players would consider themselves 'undroppable' after their performance at Manchester City last weekend. 

But somebody must make way for Henderson and it seems Milner is the most likely candidate.

Liverpool fans, what is the best way to reintroduce Jordan Henderson to starting line-up? Let us know by leaving a comment

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