This season has started quite well for Jurgen Klopp and his Liverpool side, having won four out of their opening six Premier League games of the season as well as both of their opening Champions League group matches.
However, a tough test is facing them this weekend with the arrival of Manchester City to Anfield on Sunday.
One player who has been a regular figure in the team for Liverpool so far this season is club captain Jordan Henderson, having played in every game for the Reds across all competitions except for their opening league match of the season against Norwich City.
However, with Pep Guardiola’s side set to try and secure a consecutive league win at Anfield after beating them 4-1 last season, we feel that Klopp should consider dropping the skipper tomorrow to give the Reds a better chance of avenging February’s defeat.
Henderson, who is currently valued at £18m according to Transfermarkt, has made 400 appearances for the Merseyside club across all competitions, scoring 31 goals and providing 52 assists in the process.
So far this season, his performances in the Premier League have only earned him an overall season rating of 6.79/10, making him one of the lowest-rated Liverpool players so far this term according to WhoScored.
Looking at the Porto game in particular, Henderson failed to win any aerial duels on the night and lost possession on 13 occasions, while three of his four shots were blocked, according to SofaScore. That shows that he may not be the best option to start the City game in our view, especially given how the champions currently top the possession charts in the Premier League.
However, with Klopp recently revealing that Reds midfielder Thiago Alcantara will be out for the game through injury, perhaps this could allow Henderson to keep his place in the team.
Either way, it’s safe to say whoever the manager chooses to start against Guardiola’s side, either in midfield or any other position, must be at their best to overcome City, who boast the best defensive record in the league at the moment with just one goal conceded.