Liverpool have another opportunity to keep their unbeaten streak going this weekend, with a Premier League clash against Brighton & Hove Albion at Anfield next up for Jurgen Klopp’ side following on from their 5-0 win against Manchester United and then their 2-0 Carabao Cup win over Preston in midweek.
One Liverpool player who did not feature in the game at Preston and who we feel should be in the starting XI to face Brighton is Jordan Henderson.
The Englishman did feature in the blistering win at Old Trafford, where he had 144 touches of the ball, racked up a passing accuracy percentage of 96%, grabbed one assist, made three key passes, completed 100% of the long balls he attempted, won two ground duels, and made three interceptions and two tackles. That ultimately earning him an overall match rating of 8/10, making him one of Liverpool’s highest-rated players on the day according to SofaScore, and shows why he should start against the Seagulls and why we think he could terrify Graham Potter’s side at the weekend.
So far this season, the 31-year-old – who has been described in the past as an “important” player for the Reds by teammate Virgil van Dijk – has made 12 appearances for the Merseyside club across all competitions, scoring one goal and providing two assists in the process.
In his eight Premier League appearances for Liverpool this season, Henderson has racked up an average of 1.4 key passes and 1.6 tackles per game and an overall passing accuracy percentage of 89%. That further illustrates how much of a significant midfield option he is for Klopp from a defensive and attacking sense and why he should be back in the starting XI on Saturday considering that he had a rest in midweek instead of being involved in the Preston game.
Also, with Fabinho having missed Liverpool’s previous two league games following a recent knee issue, it would make sense for Henderson to continue in the team if the Brazilian isn’t able to feature against Brighton this time around.
Moving forward, if Henderson does start against Brighton on Saturday and puts in a similar sort of performance as he did against United last weekend, we feel that this would give Liverpool a great chance of beating Potter’s side, who have 15 points from their opening nine league games of the season.