Jurgen Klopp explains Jordan Henderson substitution to avoid ‘ridiculous’ Liverpool situation

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he needed to stay strong and put a stop Jordan Henderson’s efforts to play in the second half after planning to substitute him at half-time against Midtjylland.

Klopp made four changes to the side which beat Sheffield United on Saturday but captain Henderson kept his place in the starting line-up.

In the first half, Liverpool lost Fabinho to a muscle injury and it disrupted their momentum as they were held to 0-0 at half-time.

After the break, Henderson did not return to the pitch, having been replaced by Georginio Wijnaldum, which led to claims he may also have picked up a knock.

Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson reacts to a tackle from FC Midtjylland’s Jens Cajuste

Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah scored in the second half to hand Liverpool all three points and keep them on top of Group D.

In his post-match press conference, Klopp confirmed he would know more about Fabinho’s issue on Wednesday morning and explained his reasons for taking off Henderson.

“First, Hendo said at half-time he wants to play on,” Klopp said.

Liverpool’s Fabinho with manager Jurgen Klopp after being substituted after sustaining an injury

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“Before the game, I’d decided already we have to share it – 45 and 45 – and all the rest would have been ridiculous.

“Hendo said at half-time, ‘No, boss, I can go on’ and then in these moments, you have to be strong to yourself because I didn’t want to lose him, actually.

“We made the change, Gini did really well and for both I think it helped that they played only 45.”


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