Jurgen Klopp rates Jordan Henderson in new Liverpool FC role

The Liverpool FC manager was pleased with Jordan Henderson's performance in a right-back role on Wednesday night

Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp (Photo: The Sport Review)

Jurgen Klopp credited Jordan Henderson with a good performance at right-back in Liverpool FC’s 1-1 draw with Leicester on Wednesday night.

The Reds were forced to use their captain in an unorthodox role due to Trent Alexander-Arnold’s continued absence due to injury.

James Milner was also unavailable to play at right-back after the retired England international was sent off in a 4-3 victory over Crystal Palace.

Henderson started at full-back rather than 18-year-old Portuguese midfielder Rafael Camacho.

The Reds skipper acquitted himself well and won five headers during Liverpool FC’s 1-1 draw with Leicester.

In fact, the visitors’ equaliser came down the left-hand side after Andy Robertson conceded a foul in added time at the end of the first half.

Harry Maguire scored from the subsequent set-piece to deny Liverpool FC a win that would have sent them seven points clear at the top of the table.

Speaking at his post-match media conference about Henderson’s performance at right-back in the 1-1 stalemate, Klopp said:

“It was [a] good [performance]. We had to find a solution. We thought about Rafa Camacho as well.

“He played there in training because Hendo couldn’t train the whole week. Then in the end, I made the decision for rather more defensive aspect and his experience in that position because they go for it on that side.

“Chilwell is usually really involved in the offensive play, overlapping constantly and stuff like that, so I didn’t want to give Rafa in his first game in that position such a big task.

“That’s why we decided on Hendo and he did really well, really well, and all good from that point of view.”

Liverpool FC moved five points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table after their 1-1 draw with Leicester.

The Merseyside outfit will make the difficult trip to West Ham United in their next top-flight fixture on Monday night.

The Reds are looking to win the Premier League title for the first time this season.

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