Liverpool will make the short trip to Old Trafford this evening for one of the most highly-anticipated fixtures in the Premier League calendar as the Reds take on their fierce rivals Manchester United.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have been in impeccable form against the Red Devils in recent years, with Liverpool scoring 13 goals against them in their last three meetings, conceding just two goals, with their first three consecutive victories against the Mancunians since 2009.
Nevertheless, Liverpool haven’t had the best start to their campaign with two draws in their first two games, however, Man United have been no better losing their opening fixtures, and the Reds will be hoping to give them their defeat third in a row tonight.
The Merseysiders have been struggling with a minor injury crisis at Anfield as Thiago Alcantara, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Curtis Jones, Ibrahima Konate, Diogo Jota, Joel Matip, Caoimhin Kelleher and Calvin Ramsey all sidelined with various injury problems.
Midfield seems to be suffering the most with the injury to star performer Thiago throwing Liverpool into a concerning situation in the centre of the pitch, however, Klopp should be able to comfortably deploy his captain into the team this evening.
Jordan Henderson is one player that the Liverpool manager must unleash in the midfield ahead of a mentally and physically challenging clash at Old Trafford tonight, as there are a number of reasons why the midfielder could be Klopp’s hero this evening.
Out of the 27 meetings the £140k-per-week Liverpool skipper has been involved in over his decade-long tenure with the Merseyside giants, Henderson has won eight, drawn ten and lost nine, and started in both games against Man United last term, playing 90 minutes in the monumental 5-0 and 4-0 victories.
Not only is Henderson extremely experienced in taking points off Liverpool’s biggest rivals, but he is also the leading voice that has guided his team to their first Premier League title, a Champions League victory, FA Cup and Carabao Cup.
Klopp has previously lauded the unrivalled presence and leadership of his captain, claiming that the 32-year-old is vital to their cause. He once said:
“If anybody who is with us still doesn’t see the quality of Jordan Henderson, then I cannot help them.
“Is Hendo the perfect football player? No. Do I know anybody who is? No. But is he unbelievably important to us? Yes.”
With that being said, starting the Liverpool captain will give his teammates the motivation they need to control the game and take on the challenge to not only secure their first three points of the season but tally up their fourth consecutive victory against their nemesis.