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  • David Tyrer

Klopp: I'm sorry I played Henderson as a 6!

True to Jurgen form, the manager has jokingly apologised for making Jordan Henderson play as a holding midfielder for the last couple of years.

The Liverpool captain has been a real problem for many fans since Klopp's arrival, with Klopp opting to playing him deep in midfield in the 'holding' role.

But after his latest struggles in that role playing against Spurs a couple of weeks ago, he found himself on the bench against Southampton on Friday night.

At 1-1, the Reds were struggling to find a breakthrough and looked as likely to concede a 2nd as they did score a winner. That was until Klopp introduced Henderson, along with Milner, from the bench.

The captain was immediately pushed into a more advanced role, and his energy and work rate eventually led to him scoring his first goal of the season in the dying moments.

So impressive was his 30 minute cameo last Friday, that Klopp restored him to the starting line-up against Porto last night and he once again impressed.

Speaking to the assembled press after last night's match, the manager said: "Hendo is a brilliant player.

"I'm really happy he can show that again.

"He likes that position so it is my fault he played for one and a half years as the holding player, but we needed him there."

After Friday and last night's displays, fans will be hoping to see Henderson played in the same position once again against Chelsea on Sunday.

In many ways, it could be quite a defining moment for him to take to the field, knowing we need a result against Chelsea in a big title-race game, considering the last time we played Chelsea in a game of this magnitude he was banned and we dropped points.

It could well be a big, defining moment in the captain's career, and one that he will hopefully be ready to take with both hands on Sunday.

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