Liverpool’s skipper, Jordan Henderson, is set to miss out on up to two months of football following news today that the midfielder has fractured a bone in his right foot.
According to the Liverpool Echo, the new injury is completely unrelated to the heel problem (in his left foot) which has kept the team’s leader out for the last few weeks, in which time he has travelled to America to have the problem fixed.
Henderson was nearing fitness from that setback and was close to regaining a starting place for Sunday’s clash with Norwich, however now Brendan Rodgers’ side must do without their captain for up to two months following this training ground injury.
Losses at the hands of West Ham and Manchester United in Liverpool’s last two games may not have been entirely down to Henderson’s lack of involvement, but since the 25-year-old has been injured the Reds have yet to win a game and have picked up just one point in the Premier League.
Combined with this failure to fire on the domestic front, Henderson was also missing for his side’s disappointing 1-1 draw against Bordeaux on Thursday night.
Not only are Liverpool missing one of their better performers but Henderson is also the successor to the ever-present leader of the team for over ten years before him, Steven Gerard. Without the now LA Galaxy man or Henderson to lead the team on the pitch one would worry for the steel this side now possesses to come through difficult periods in games.
The fixture list does not bode well for the Reds’ prospects of propelling themselves up the table either with difficult assignments like travelling to Everton, Tottenham, Chelsea and Potentially Manchester City before Henderson can form part of the team once again. Even with their captain these games would be considered hazardous encounters.
A win against Norwich this weekend and a result next weekend versus Aston Villa are key for Liverpool if they wish to have any hope of pulling off results against the aforementioned sides, particularly without their leader.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena