Liverpool may have scored nine goals in their opening three games of the season, but an exciting 4-3 win over Arsenal and emphatic 5-0 rout over Burton in the League Cup have been tainted by a surprise defeat on the road to Burnley in their second Premier League fixture.
One player who has emerged from the team's early season fixtures as the fall guy for their inconsistency is Jordan Henderson.
With Jurgen Klopp's side showing vulnerability without the ball and a lack of cutting edge at times with it, the club captain has been pinpointed as the weak link by a large section of Liverpool fans. Now, as the backlash continues, Klopp himself has addressed the England midfielder's future on Merseyside.
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Unlike many Liverpool supporters, the German manager is in no doubt that Henderson still has an important role to play for the Anfield club moving forward.
"I see him every day in training so if I was doubting him then he would not be here," Klopp explained, via The Times.
"I like this player and he is very important for this club. He is a wonderful, skilled player and his attitude is outstanding.
"A Liverpool player who is at the club with not so much success in recent years is always doubted a little bit.
They always have to show they are not the reason we have not made the next step. Of course that is not the reason.”
Klopp's vote of confidence comes after Henderson has endured a tough week in which fans have ridiculed his performances - creating tongue-in-cheek 'highlights videos from games against Burnley and Burton - and urged their manager to find a replacement before the transfer window closes on August 31.
Indeed, until the German's public praise today, there were suggestions that he had been left unhappy with Henderson's form and fitness coming into the season.
Judging by the words of his manager, though, the former Sunderland midfielder still has an important role to play for Liverpool as they look to find that elusive consistency that could turn a talented squad into real contenders for trophies this season.
Only time will tell if Henderson is able to win over his doubters in the Liverpool ranks, but he will be hoping that he can start turning a few people with a strong performance at White Hart Lane today as Liverpool take on Tottenham in the early kick off.
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