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Liverpool FC - Seeing Is Believing - Jordan Henderson

Jordan Henderson's late red card against Manchester City could be a big blow to Liverpool's title challenge.

Liverpool's 3-2 win over Manchester City today enhanced their chances of winning the Premier League title as goals from Raheem Sterling, Martin Skrtel and Philippe Coutinho handed Brendan Rodgers' side an invaluable win this afternoon, leaving the Reds two points clear of Chelsea and seven points clear of today's opponents City.

But whilst it was a strong team performance from the Reds, the win was slightly marred by the late red card for midfielder Jordan Henderson, who was sent off for a rash lunge on City midfielder Samir Nasri as the Liverpool players fought from the first whistle to the last in order to grab the win.

Henderson's straight red card means that the former Sunderland man should be banned for three matches - which would rule him out of key games against Norwich City, Chelsea and Crystal Palace as the end of the season draws to a close. Henderson would be available to face Newcastle on the final day of the season, which will be a boost to Rodgers if it goes down to the wire.

Henderson has been a revelation this season despite many doubting him before the start of the campaign after a number of disappointing displays over the last couple of seasons, with the 23-year-old now an option for England boss Roy Hodgson ahead of the World Cup this summer.

His expected absence will now be a huge blow to Rodgers, who will now have to call upon the likes of Joe Allen and Lucas Leiva over the coming weeks. Whilst they are good players in their own right, both of their games are predicated on keeping possession and keeping things simple, with Lucas more physical than Allen, and neither of them truly offer the box-to-box abilities that Henderson does - which could be a huge miss for Liverpool in the run-in.

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