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Liverpool’s match against Crystal Palace will be a good test of the Reds’ title credentials.
Without Mohamed Salah and Andrew Robertson, both of whom are expected to be absent from the match after suffering ankle injuries, it could be a difficult afternoon for the league leaders.
It will be a big day for Jurgen Klopp’s team as they look to pick up all three points and continue their title charge. Likely to be included in the first XI is Jordan Henderson, just like he has done on nine occasions already this campaign in the top flight. It will be a special outing for the 29-year-old, who will be participating in his 250th game for the club in the Premier League.
The former Sunderland man is not exactly unanimously popular with the fans at Anfield. He has been slammed by portions of the club’s fanbase in the past, whilst some have even urged Klopp to move the midfielder on. However, although he may not be the most glamorous of players, he deserves far more recognition than he receives.
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For a start, this milestone in itself deserves praise. Only five other players to play for Liverpool have featured in as many league games since 1992. They are Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, Sami Hyypia, Pepe Reina and Robbie Fowler. As such, he finds himself in esteemed company.
Not only that, he is the club’s captain. Under his leadership on the field, the Reds have reached two Champions League finals, winning one, and they are now on course to win a first league title in 30 years. Not only that, but he has also picked up 55 caps for England, whilst also appearing in a World Cup semi-final.
Is he as exciting as the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane? No. But is he just as important to this Liverpool team as they are? Absolutely. As he steps onto the pitch at Selhurst Park, he deserves to be recognised as a club legend. Given his achievements, that is hard to argue with.