After being handed their first league defeat of the season just before the international break with a 3-2 loss against West Ham United, Liverpool are back in action this evening with a home match against Arsenal next up for the Merseyside club.
Speaking ahead of the clash against the Gunners, Reds manager Jurgen Klopp revealed that his side are struggling with a hefty number of injuries at the moment, with the likes of Naby Keita, Roberto Firmino, Joe Gomez, Curtis Jones, James Milner and Harvey Elliott all unavailable for tonight.
In addition, it seems as though the club are sweating on the fitness of one other key figure ahead of the match at Anfield, which could worry a lot of fans.
After returning to Liverpool earlier than planned as a result of a groin issue which flared up whilst away with England on international duty, Klopp has said there is no certainty that Jordan Henderson will be fit enough to play against Mikel Arteta’s side this evening.
Given the other players currently out injured, particularly in midfield, it’s safe to say that everyone at the club will be desperate to have Henderson fully fit for the clash against Arsenal, who are now just two points behind the Reds in the table and haven’t lost a league game since August.
In addition, Henderson’s performances on the pitch this season have also proved why he could be a big miss for Liverpool this evening, with the club captain showing how important a figure he is in both an attacking and a defensive sense.
In his 10 league appearances for the Reds this season, Henderson has averaged 1.5 tackles per game, showing his defensive capabilities. He has also shown his attacking talents with one goal and two assists, along with an average of 1.1 shots at goal and 1.5 key passes per game, proving that he could be a real game-changer for Liverpool if he plays.
With all that in mind, it’s safe to say that everyone at Anfield will have their fingers crossed that the 31-year-old will be fit enough to play a part this evening so that the Reds can banish the memories of their West Ham disappointment and prevent Arsenal from becoming the latest London club to leapfrog them in the table.