Why Henderson must change his game to stay at Liverpool

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Several sources have suggested Jordan Henderson could be axed at Liverpool but a few changes to his game can help him stay at Anfield.

Brendan Rodgers has made some very early and forward thinking transfers, which give Liverpool a great chance of settling those players in over pre-season ahead of the new campaign.

Liverpool’s midfield is fast becoming overcrowded which is putting players in those positions under pressure, seemingly forcing the club to consider selling a player or players.

Jordan Henderson appears to be in the firing line at the moment but it would be a huge error for the club to get rid of him.

The former Sunderland man was one of the best midfielders at the club over the final part of last season, producing man of the match performances and grabbing important goals at important times.

The problem for Henderson is that there are so many players ahead of him in the central midfield and attacking midfield roles.

Steven Gerrard, Lucas and Philippe Coutinho will all get into the current side ahead of him which mean if he wants to stay at Liverpool then he’ll have to adapt and change his game.

The one area Henderson could focus on is that holding midfield role because at the moment Liverpool don’t have a player at defensive midfield.

The problem he has to overcome if he decides to do that is his size because he’s not a tall, big and imposing player in the middle of the pitch.

What he can do is work very hard in training and in the gym to effectively muscle up, make himself stronger and make himself less of a target in that position.

Football hasn’t always been laced with examples of huge midfield enforcers in that position, it is possible for a smaller player to be effective there such as Claude Makelele back in his Chelsea days.

If he does that then he’ll have no competition for that role at Liverpool and he’ll become one of the first choice midfielders at the club when Brendan Rodgers decides to play with a player like that protecting the back four.

His basic passing, interception and reading of the game is very positive and will allow him to easily pick the ball up from the defence, protect it and then move it on to the more influential players in attack.

What it boils down to is how passionate he is about Liverpool and how much he wants to stay at the club.

He could choose to not try and change his game but then he could be sat on the bench for the majority of next season, simply getting sold in January or next summer.

What do you think? Can Henderson change to a more defensive role?

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