Despite being club captain, there are a few question marks surrounding the future of Jordan Henderson at Liverpool.
The 26-year-old had a difficult season after suffering with form and fitness for almost the majority of the campaign.
While Henderson was sidelined, Emre Can was consistently putting in decent performances for the Reds and this season, it appears to be a case of ‘Can and one other’ in terms of the midfield duo.
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But Henderson will face a fight to earn that spot alongside the German after the arrivals of both Marko Grujic and Georginio Wijnaldum this summer.
If there’s one man that knows all about playing in the central midfielder for Liverpool, it’s Steven Gerrard. The club legend has urged everyone at the club - including Jurgen Klopp - to support the skipper because he feels he could be very important this season.
“I think we all need to get behind Jordan, the manager, the staff and the fans,” he told The Anfield Wrap.
“He had a very difficult year last year with injuries, I’ve been there when you’re injured and frustrated."
Gerrard continued: "It affects your confidence and you’re desperate to get back. (You see) other players coming in and doing well, people are doubting you and saying that we should move him on. I’ve heard it all.
“But if we all get behind Henderson and he finds his top form he can be a very big asset for Klopp this year.
“I’m hoping he starts the season strong, gets his confidence early and I think he will be a big player for us. I just want everyone to get behind him and give him that chance.”
It will certainly be interesting to see how Klopp lines-up his Liverpool side ahead of their opening Premier League fixture against Arsenal on August 14. Henderson, Can, Wijnaldum and Grujic will all be vying for the two central midfield positions while Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana will be battling it out for the three attacking midfield spots.
Klopp has a few tough decisions to make and the biggest involves his captain.
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