25 Apr 2017

Liverpool Surprise: Aldo claims £55m duo are 'better' than 'Henderson' in midfield at 'disrupting the play'

Do Liverpool miss Jordan Henderson? Losing the club captain for an extended period of time is usually a bad thing, but according to Reds legend John Aldridge, Hendo's absence is actually a positive for Liverpool.

In his column for Sunday World, Aldo argued that Henderson's injury has 'helped Klopp', and insisted that there are other players in the team better suited to the holding role. He explained:

"Jordan Henderson is a good player but everything tends to go through him, and I would argue that Lucas, Georgin­io Wijnaldum and Emre Can are better at disrupting the play in the midfield".

This is perhaps true of Lucas, but Can and Wijnaldum?

Lucas is a dedicated DM, with years of experience in the role, so it's probably true to say that he is better than Hendo at 'disrupting play'. Wijnaldum, however, is more of an offensive-minded midfielder who's forced to play a more defensive role, and Can is hit and miss in the position.

It all comes down to Klopp and his strange decision-making. In my view, it's a mistake to play Henderson in the holding role, and Can in a more advanced attacking midfield role as these roles fail to play to their main strengths.

Yes, Henderson can 'do a job' in the holding role, but Liverpool lose out on his vision, assists, and goal threat in the final third, three qualities that Emre Can just doesn't consistently offer.

It's like Mascherano as an attacking midfielder, and Gerrard as a DM, i.e. ridiculous, and counter-productive. One thing's for sure, I'd rather have a fully-fit Henderson in *any* midfielder role over Emre Can.

* Wijnaldum: Cost £25m. Can: £30m-rated (CIES).


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