Liverpool confirmed this weekend that captain Jordan Henderson will miss the Reds’ Boxing Day clash with Swansea, after limping off early in the match against Arsenal on Friday night.
Jurgen Klopp’s side host the Swans knowing that three points are a must if they’re to keep up their top four aspirations, currently just one point ahead of Tottenham Hotspur in the final UEFA Champions League qualification spot.
Henderson’s injury will be seen as a blow to Klopp, who sees the midfielder as an important part of his starting eleven having already played 23 matches for the club this season.
However, Liverpool fans are less bothered by the injury, believing it’s a chance for a more dynamic, forward thinking player to come into the team and stake a claim for regular football.
Supporters delivered a harsh response to the news on Twitter this weekend, with many suggesting the injury is good news with regards to Boxing Day’s team selection.
Here’s a flavour of the reaction…
Might be a blessing
— Jamie Abley (@JamieAbley) December 23, 2017
— Danny Whitefoot (@DannyWhitefoot) December 23, 2017
Don’t like to see players injured 🤕 but I think Liverpool are bettter with out him in team
— Alex (@Alex19464396) December 24, 2017
— Oswald K. Azumah (@OKAzumah) December 23, 2017
— Donno (@idonno07) December 23, 2017
Best news of 2017!!
— Derek (@AussiDelBoy) December 24, 2017
I’m sorry I’m a die hard Pool fan but it’s a good thing he shouldn’t be in this team
— Seamus Macintosh (@seamus222) December 24, 2017
Best news all season
— Jason Wu (@JMWWU) December 23, 2017
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