Jordan Henderson joins Liverpool’s long list of injured players

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Jordan Henderson has joined Liverpool’s long list of injured players on Saturday, February 20, 2021. The 30-year-old English midfielder who Liverpool’s coach Jurgen Klopp had to convert to a defender due to the injury woes facing the club’s defenders, sustained a muscle injury on Saturday’s Merseyside derby.

Jordan Henderson has been one of the most indispensable footballers at Liverpool especially since the Merseyside club became one of the worst-hit clubs in terms of injuries.

The club’s captain has played 21 Premier League games so far this season in which he scored a goal and provided an assist. Out of the 21 league games he has played this season, he played 11 as a defensive midfielder, 2 as a central midfielder, and 8 as a center-back.

He had to be given the center-back role when the likes of Joel Matip, Joe Gomez, and Virgil van Dijk were out with different degrees of injuries.

Jordan Henderson in pain during a Premier League match against Everton on Saturday, February 20.
Jordan Henderson in pain during a Premier League match against Everton on Saturday, February 20.

Even though Jordan Henderson’s deployment to defense has not changed much as Liverpool have recorded four successive defeats under his watch, his absence would add a lot of headache to coach Jurgen Klopp’s already existing headache.

During Liverpool’s Premier League game against Everton played at Anfield Stadium on Saturday, Jordan Henderson was moving with the ball before he suddenly went down in pain. When the incident happened in the first half of the match, Liverpool were already a goal down.

Jordan Henderson tried to continue with the game after receiving medical attention but he was not able to go on. Hence, he was replaced by Nat Phillips in the 30th minute of the game which ended 2-0 in favor of Everton.

After Everton defeated Liverpool in the Merseyside derby, the coach of the embattled club revealed that Henderson’s injury was not looking good. He however noted that the extent of the injury would be determined today, February 21.

Klopp revealed that Henderson’s injury occurred around his “Groin, adductor region, so it’s not good”.

“We don’t know exactly, it’s the groin, adductor region, the rest we will know tomorrow (February 21).”

“Nobody in the medical department was positive about it. But we have to wait for the scan tomorrow”, Klopp added during the post-match press conference.

As it stands, Liverpool have at least 4 players who can play in the center-back out with different degrees of injury. Van Dijk has been out since October, Joe Gomez out since November, while Joel Matip has been out since January.

Liverpool’s players like Ben Davies and Fabinho sustained knock and muscle injury respectively earlier this month.

The injury woes at Liverpool have forced the reigning Premier League champions to record 7 defeats, 7 draws, and 11 victories in 25 league games. Their poor run have forced them down to the 6th spot with 40 points, three points away from a Champions League spot.