Liverpool boss Klopp apologises for restricting Henderson

Liverpool Klopp Henderson

Klopp has deployed Henderson in a predominantly defensive role for Liverpool

Jordan Henderson played a key role for Liverpool during their 2-0 win over FC Porto in the Champions League and speaking after the match, Klopp chose to issue an apology towards the midfielder.

Henderson has been with Liverpool since 2011 and he was considered by many as the long-term replacement for Steven Gerrard. They still call him a "target".

Liverpool's thin squad became stretched at precisely the wrong time. They were always ready for the counter, they made it quite uncomfortable.

For most of the season, Jordan Henderson has played in a deep-lying midfielder's role for Liverpool but against Southampton, the England worldwide came on in the second half and totally changed the game while playing in a more advanced role.

Klopp's side are still on top of the table and just a point ahead of closest rivals Manchester City but have played a game more.

"I don't think the manager had thought about it too much until I mentioned it to him", said the England worldwide.

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Me and the gaffer had a conversation.

'The second goal was brilliant and he had the cross for Sadio's goal as well, and if it was an inch offside it was still a brilliant cross. It was something that he [Klopp] said he would think about. It's basically what he wants and he needs from the team. I felt more comfortable and natural in that position for England, creating chances further up and doing what I enjoy doing. "At the same time when I played No.6, I felt I've learned that position really well and if I need to play there I can do a job there". "But now we played the first game, we know more about each other, and now we go there and play again". "I do whatever the manager tells us to do really".

"I feel as though I can do more in a position further forward".

"In the last couple of years there hasn't really been a player like Fabinho in that role, so I've had to adapt", Henderson said. I think I've done quite well.

"Take last season out of the equation and you look at him now and think, "Wow this is unbelievable", his numbers, his assists, his goals, he's one behind Aguero in the race for the Golden Boot, he's a danger in Europe as well".

It is the arrival of Fabinho that has freed Henderson up to be more attacking, with the Brazilian now making the defensive shielding position his own and arguably a more natural fit.

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