20 Sept 2015

Anfield Nightmare: Rodgers confirms 'big' injury 'blow' for £57m Liverpool duo and reveals Hendo details

Things go from bad to worse for Liverpool. Brendan Rodgers has now confirmed Jordan Henderson's broken foot, and on the day of Daniel Sturridge's return to the first team, Christian Benteke is the latest player to join LFC's injury list.

When asked just prior to kick-off today about Henderson, Rodgers told reporters:

“It was just unfortunate. He had a problem with his heel and felt fine, then came in and broke his fifth metatarsal.

"It is a big blow for us and obviously a big blow for Jordan.”

According to the BBC:

"Christian Benteke [was] replaced by [Danny] Ings at half-time because of a tight hamstring".

After the game, Rodgers confirmed:

"His [Benteke's] hamstring was a bit tight".

Like Sturridge, Benteke has a (recent) history of frustrating injuries, and it's no surprise that he is struggling to remain fit.

This is not Benteke's first issue of the season, either - he injured his this during the 3-0 defeat to West Ham, which led to the £32.5m striker missing a recent international game.

Benteke may have two league goals so far, but based on overall performance so far, he will not (IMO) be missed that much by Liverpool.

Henderson, on the other hand, continues to be a big miss, and without the £25m-rated midfielder in team, there is no goal threat from the middle of the field.

Can and Milner? Forget it. Thirteen games between them this season, and neither has a single goal/assist. Pitiful.

On the plus side, with Benteke (possibly) out for a couple of games, Danny Ings should hopefully get a few more first-team chances, and after his goal against Norwich today, he has to start the next game.

Don't count on it, though. Rodgers has a long history of dropping players after scoring, with the latest example being Adam Lallana, who scored against Bordeaux on Thursday, but found himself relegated to the bench for Norwich.

Even if he returns to fitness, Benteke should (IMO) start the next game on the bench as a precautionary measure.

Author: Jaimie K


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