Mark Lawrenson has claimed that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp may play Jordan Henderson totally out of position at centre-back at the weekend against Leicester City.
Speaking to BBC Sport, Lawrenson said that the Liverpool midfielder may be deployed as an emergency centre-back, such is the scale of the Reds’ injury crisis.
It has been predicted that Nathaniel Phillips will play at the back for Liverpool.
However, Lawrenson doesn’t feel that the game ideally suits Phillips, and he claims that Klopp may actually turn to Henderson to play alongside Joel Matip, if the England international is fit enough to feature.
“It may well be that they use Fabinho alongside Joel Matip at the back, if the Brazilian midfielder is fit after his hamstring injury, or ask Jordan Henderson to drop back into defence if Fabinho is not ready yet.” he said.
“Nat Phillips is a natural centre-half of course, but his real strength is heading and Leicester never really load the box and send in a lot of crosses.
“Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold is out too and whether it is Neco Williams or James Milner who replaces him on Sunday, it will be as part of a back four that have never played a competitive game together as a unit before.
“Vardy is probably scenting blood. They will do very well to keep him quiet.”
Henderson’s availability is not yet confirmed for the weekend, but he has to be considered a doubt.
The 30-year-old, who is on a £140,000-a-week contract (Spotrac), pulled out of international duty due to a sore hamstring and Liverpool surely won’t want to be taking any risks with their injury problems stacking up.
If Henderson was picked as a centre-back then that would have to be considered a worry for Liverpool.
The Reds captain may be vastly experienced, but he has started just one game in defence throughout the entirety of his career, and throwing him in against Jamie Vardy would be a huge gamble.
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