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Jurgen Klopp talks up Jordan Henderson importance

Klopp talks up Henderson importance
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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists that Jordan Henderson remains a key part of his plans, despite leaving the captain out of his first three starting lineups.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has insisted that Jordan Henderson remains a key part of his plans, despite the skipper being left out of the starting lineup for all three Premier League games so far this season.

Naby Keita, Georginio Wijnaldum and James Milner have been preferred in the midfield three as Klopp has named an unchanged side in all of his matches so far this term, with Liverpool making a perfect start to the campaign.

Henderson has so far had to make do with substitute appearances following his late return to the squad due to World Cup duty, but Klopp hinted that he could be in line for his first start of the campaign away to Tottenham Hotspur after the international break.

"Of course it is difficult for him as captain, but Hendo is such an important player to us and he knows that. We had talks about that," Klopp told reporters at his pre-match press conference.

"Especially with his style of play and how he puts everything on the pitch, you need to be in a really good shape physically. And he had these moments during the weeks, not this week, but the weeks before when you saw it is quite intense.

"You have to do that (the intense training) when you can. We could do it. Hendo was the last one to come back, okay Dejan [Lovren] was but he's not been fit. Now Hendo has had four weeks. It will be six weeks by the time we play Tottenham. He's not in doubt and I am not in doubt about his role so he has dealt with it (not starting) well."

Klopp could name an unchanged team for the fourth match in a row during this afternoon's Premier League clash with Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27212474205465
2Liverpool26205159154465
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs26200654252960
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd26156552351751
5Arsenal26155653371650
6Chelsea26155645291650
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2611693433139
8Watford2610793434037
9Everton2796123639-333
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2696113239-733
11Bournemouth26103133747-1033
12Leicester CityLeicester2695123134-332
13Crystal Palace2676132734-727
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2676132839-1127
15Burnley2676132947-1827
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2667132234-1225
17Cardiff CityCardiff2674152447-2325
18Southampton2659122844-1624
19Fulham2645172558-3317
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2625191448-3411

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