Jordan Henderson picked up a groin injury in the match against Everton and will be sidelined for the next 5 matches. He will miss matches against Sheffield United, Chelsea, Fulham, Wolves and RB Leipzig. His injury now means that Liverpool have lost their 3 main centre-backs (Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip) and their 2 back-ups (Fabinho and Jordan Henderson). Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group have let their most respected manager Jurgen Klopp out to dry and it could very well backfire on them.
Mohamed Salah or Andy Robertson should lead Liverpool in the absence of Jordan Henderson
The usual practice of the captain’s armband is that the next senior player gets it in the case that the captain is unavailable. Liverpool’s vice captain is James Milner while the club voted Virgil van Dijk was voted third in line with Gini Wijnaldum next in line. However a case has to be made here that Wijnaldum is leaving in the summer and his head is most likely not in the right place. Wijnaldum hasn’t been at his best in the last few games while there have been better performers. Andrew Robertson, Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold have been better than him and one among them should be made the captain.
Andrew Robertson led Scotland to their successful Euro 2021 qualification while it was Mohamed Salah who lifted Egypt to FIFA World Cup qualification in 2018. Both of them are inspiring figures for club and country and have been the only good performers for Liverpool in this terrible run of games. Mohamed Salah has brought in the goals while Andrew Robertson has been more defensive in the absence of Virgil van Dijk. With Henderson’s absence, he will be the oldest player in Liverpool’s back line and will have to take more responsibility now.
It will serve Liverpool good if they give captaincy to one of the players who are actually fighting for the club and not to someone who’s currently thinking about a move away in the summer.