Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson could be missing for several weeks after sustaining a hamstring injury.
According to The Times, Henderson could miss five Liverpool games as he recovers from the setback.
However, the severity of the injury has not yet been fully taken into account. The Times reports that the 32-year-old will undergo a CT scan “at some point today”. This will determine exactly what Liverpool are dealing with.
It is claimed that it was in fact Henderson’s injury that led Liverpool to decide yesterday that a move for Arthur Melo was necessary. Henderson was forced off the pitch in the Reds’ 2-1 win over Newcastle United on Wednesday night.
Henderson will miss big games for Liverpool
This is bad news for Liverpool. No matter what people think of Henderson’s recent contributions on the pitch, he remains an important player for the club. Jurgen Klopp called him “remarkable” via The Daily Mail in 2020 and he will be disappointed to lose him.
If reports of a five-game absence are correct, the captain will miss big chances.
The first, of course, is the Merseyside Derby at Goodison Park. Henderson scored in this game last year and is still a good man to have in an often physical battle.
Liverpool then travel to Napoli in their first Champions League group game ahead of a home game with Wolves.
Ajax are the next visitors to Anfield as Liverpool continue their shortened European campaign. Finally, the Reds travel to Stamford Bridge on September 18 to face Chelsea.
With a cohort of fully fit midfielders, Henderson’s unavailability is navigable. But without Thiago Alcantara, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain things are more difficult.
In that regard, it’s easy to see why Arthur was brought in to fill the gap. It’s a big ask for the Brazilian to step straight into such a nuanced and well-coached team like Liverpool.
The main hope is that Thiago will be back soon after his own hamstring layoff. According to the first projections, he should not be far after almost a month of absence. Fingers crossed it is.
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