Jordan Henderson: Stats show the importance of the Liverpool captain

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Jordan Henderson could make a timely return from injury to the Liverpool team this weekend when the Reds host Everton in the Merseyside derby.

Henderson has missed the Reds’ last four Premier League fixtures with a foot injury, with Liverpool recording victories over Arsenal and Burnley, a draw against Manchester City and a defeat to Leicester in his absence.

The 26-year-old has at times been a maligned figure at Anfield, especially since been given the daunting task of replacing Steven Gerrard as captain.

Liverpool have been characterized by the energetic, vibrant displays by the likes of Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino under Jurgen Klopp, while Henderson has often been tasked with a more disciplined, withdrawn role this term.

However, as the following graphic from Oulala highlights, Liverpool benefit a great deal from the presence of the England international.

The question now is whether Klopp brings Henderson straight back into the side or sticks with the midfield trio of Lallana, Georginio Wijnaldum and Emre Can?

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