Who makes way from Liverpool's midfield for when Jordan Henderson returns?

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Jordan Henderson is close to returning to the Liverpool side after a spell on the sidelines through injury, so who would make way for the Liverpool captain?

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has told Sky Sports that he is close to returning to the side having not played a game for the Reds since August.

As a result the midfielder has yet to feature under Jurgen Klopp, with the Reds boss getting to grips with turning around the side's fortunes, which has seen them pick up memorable wins in the Premier League against both Chelsea and Manchester City, along with booking advancing to the League Cup quarter-finals, and can secure their place in the knock-out stages of the Europa League this week if they overcome Bordeaux.

Henderson was recovering from a heel injury before suffering from a fractured metatarsal in training which has kept him sidelined, but he is due to return to full training this week.

The midfielder said: "I'm getting there. This is one of the longest periods of time I've been out for and that has been tough for me.

"Hopefully I'm not too far away now."

Inevitably when the captain returns to full fitness, one would think someone from the middle of the park is going to make way.

In many games under Klopp so far, a midfield three of Lucas Leiva, Emre Can and James Milner - who has taken over the captaincy responsibilities in Henderson's absence - have been those patrolling the middle of the park.

What Henderson provides to the Liverpool side is plenty of energy first and foremost, and one would think that he is going to slot into Klopp's way of playing pretty easily. 

Lucas looks pretty safe in the side when he is available as he is a natural holding player, with Joe Allen seemingly acting as cover. Milner has played whenever he has been available, with his versatility used to good effect.

Emre Can may be the man to make way for Henderson in an ideal XI. Can has shown his qualities further forward - notably the sumptuous back-heel that carved open the Manchester City defence for Liverpool to score their third goal of the evening in Saturday's 4-1 win at the Etihad Stadium.

But there was an interview that Klopp gave to NBC Sports after the game at the Etihad that may have given a clue that the German will probably miss out.

Klopp alluded to times when the 21-year-old looked a little tired in the game and went forward when he probably should've held back and that is something for him to work on in the training ground.

There are lots of fixtures coming up, especially with the festive season on the horizon so it's expected that Can will feature even if he isn't part of the 'first XI' as Klopp needs to keep his side fresh at such a busy time of year, as well as Henderson building himself back up to full fitness.

In the meantime, it would give Can a bit more time to work on certain areas of his game; like learning when to press and not to when you're tired, but also the weird habit of passing the ball back into a danger zone that needs eradicating.

But with the return of Henderson on the back of a big win, Klopp must feel pretty good about the options available to him as other players also return from injury. 

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