Hendo to battle it out among Fab and Shaqiri for the starting XI
- While there are few players to pick from, Klopp is likely to go with Hendo as a starting player
- Liverpool ECHO's Kristian Walsh gives his insight into Klopp's midfield options
Liverpool are about to finish off their pre-season preparations in style, having won 6, drawn 1 and lost 1 game. We have seen a number of different midfield options, but now that The Skipper is finally back, Klopp is likely to puzzle over all the possible MF combinations.
Here's what Kristian Walsh of Liverpool ECHO thinks about it:
"Jordan Henderson is the club captain, and returned to Melwood today.
"In terms of minutes played in the Premier League, he was fifth-highest behind the front three and Gini Wijnaldum, putting to rest the question marks over his durability.
"Henderson also averaged more passes than any other player aside from Virgil van Dijk, and bettered everybody in terms of long balls, an essential skill given the emphasis Klopp's system puts on counter-attacking. In terms of midfielders, per 90 minutes, he averaged more interceptions than any other, too.
"The no.6 role in a Klopp side cannot be defined in simple terms, but given Henderson was excellent at both stopping attacking and initiating them with long passes, he remains vital to the way Liverpool play.
"Now 28, he is one of the squad's elder statesmen, and has been at the club longer than anybody else. He is a player in-tune with what Klopp demands and is familiar with the pressures of Anfield. Crucially, he is familiar with both his manager's style of play and that of the Premier League in general.
"It is a big season for him, with Fabinho in direct competition for his favoured position; at £39.3million, the Brazilian won't be expected to warm the bench much. Although Henderson, Fabinho and Keita can fit into the same midfield, it could be considered a safer, more robust option. One to utilise, perhaps, in bigger games. But the armband does not guarantee him a starting spot, and he will have to fight to keep his place in the side.
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