Henderson will be ‘hurting’ and I would have hated it, says Gerrard

Date published: Wednesday 6th December 2017 8:14

Steven Gerrard says he would have hated being part of a rotated squad after Jordan Henderson was benched for tonight’s clash with Spartak Moscow.

Gerrard believes the Reds skipper will be hurting after Klopp decided to go with a midfield three of Emre Can, Georginio Wijnaldum and Philippe Coutinho for the game in which they need a point to reach the knockout stage.

Henderson was left out of the starting XI a couple of week’s ago for the 3-0 win at Stoke, but he returned as the central kingpin in the 5-1 win over Brighton and was expected to get the nod for tonight’s crucial showdown.


Gerrard told BT Sport Henderson will understand the decision if they get the draw they require.

“Yeah, I’m sure it will (hurt him),” said Gerrard, who watched his Under-19 side beat Spartak 2-0 at Prenton Park earlier in the day.

“As a player you want to play on these big nights, these big occasions.

“But I think all of the Liverpool players have been buying into the Jurgen Klopp way of late.

“That is to make two or three changes every game and rotate and freshen the team up.

“I didn’t like that as a player, I wanted to play every game, especially as captain, you want to be the first name on the team-sheet.

“So I’m sure Jordan is hurting a little bit but I’m sure he will understand if they get the right result.”

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