18 Sept 2015

'No Improvement': Rodgers confirms massive setback for 'wonderful' £25m Liverpool star. Alex Ferguson proven right?

Do Liverpool miss Jordan Henderson? Well, since he's been out injured, Liverpool have failed to win four straight games, and scored only two goals along the way, so the answer appears to be 'Yes'. Hendo recently travelled to the USA for treatment on a troublesome heel injury, but according to Brendan Rodgers, the 'wonderful' midfield may still be out for a while yet.

On Monday, The Guardian claimed:

* Henderson has flown to New York for treatment on his heel injury.

* Surgery is 'not believed to be on the agenda'.

* Liverpool are now set to be without Henderson for an 'extended spell'.

When it rains, it pours, and when asked last night about Henderson's injury, Rodgers told reporters:

"He [Henderson] went out with Andy Massey our club doctor for some work in America. He was getting a little bit frustrated because there was no improvement [with his injury]".

£25m-rated Henderson is not a world-beater, but as last season proved, he is one of Liverpool's biggest attacking threat from midfield, and without him, the Reds are utterly toothless in midfield.

If there's no improvement, Henderson will obviously miss Sunday's League game with Norwich, along with a number of vital Premier League games over the next few weeks.

In his absence, Liverpool will have to rely on the likes of Milner, Can, and Lallana (if fit), whose goalscoring records are appalling

* Can: No goals/assists in last 382 minutes (6.3 hours) this season

* Milner: No goals/assists in 450 minutes of football.

* Lallana: Two goals/0 assists in the last 1419 minutes (23.6 hours) for LFC.

In his 2013 autobiography, Man United legend Alex Ferguson explains why he passed on bringing the midfielder to Old Trafford:

"We looked at Jordan Henderson a lot, and Steve Bruce was unfailingly enthusiastic about him, but we noticed that Henderson runs from his knees, with a straight back. The modern footballer runs from his hips, and we thought this gait might cause him problems later in his career"

Does Hendo's current issue stem from this alleged issue? If so, then it looks like Ferguson got it right. The injury could, of course, just be a one-off issue, that's totally unrelated, but it's taking its sweet time to heal, which suggests it may be more serious than that.

Author: Jaimie K


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