2 Mar 2017

He's Out: Klopp confirms 'excellent' €35m Liverpool star 'will not' play vs. Arsenal. Massive blow?

Liverpool's current injury woes continue, and it looks like Jurgen Klopp will be without one of the club's key players once again for Saturday's vital game against Arsenal.

According to The Guardian this week, Jordan Henderson's prospects of playing on Saturday are 'remote', and Klopp confirmed this on Monday evening, when he told reporters:

“It looks like he [Henderson] will not be ready for the Arsenal game".

The fact that Liverpool miss Henderson arguably reveals the true depth of Liverpool's problems. Hendo is no Gerrard, or Alonso - he's a very good British player with a decent skill-set, yet despite the fact he is (IMO) eminently replaceable, Hendo appears to be Liverpool's most important player. Stats without Henderson:

* This Season: 2 wins in 8 games (25%)  without Hendo.

* 2015-16: 15 wins in 36 games (42%)

* Win % last two seasons without JH: 38% (17 wins in 44 games).

The good news is that when Hendo is out, Liverpool consistently get good results against big teams. Over the last 2 years, for example:

* Wins vs. Man City, Chelsea, Spurs, and BVB; draws against Arsenal, Chelsea, and Spurs.

* In the 44 games Hendo has missed, a 3-1 loss against Man Utd is the only defeat against top opposition.

All of which bodes well for Saturday's game with Arsenal #ClutchingAtStraws


* €35m-rated (CIES Football Observatory). Described by Steven Gerrard as 'excellent'.


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