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Henderson ready to fill in at new position for Liverpool

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Jordan Henderson says he must remain ‘focused’ with the Liverpool captain set to take on a new role at the club.

Jordan Henderson says he’s ready to give all he can if he is needed to fill in at centre-back for the time being.

Injuries have not been kind to the Reds at all this term and they seem to be losing a key player after every single game. We reported on the latest injury suffered by Joel Matip in Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Fulham on Sunday.

In the second half of that game, Henderson had to fill in at centre-back with the Reds trailing by a goal down.

A late penalty by Salah spared their blushes and saw them secure a point at least.

Klopp issued an update on Matip after that match but revealed there was no time-frame yet on how long the 29-year-old would remain out.

That means Henderson could feature in defence again when Liverpool welcome Tottenham to Anfield on Wednesday. Remembering how he fared against Fulham, the Red’s skipper says he has to remain ‘switched on’ in this period.

The Reds skipper told the club’s official website when asked whether better ball retention from Klopp’s side in the second 45 against Fulham made his life easier: “We had a lot of the ball, which helps, so, yes, that did help a little bit.”

“But there were still times where I had to defend – set-pieces or counterattacks and things like that. So I’ve got to make sure that I’m switched on all the time, especially playing in a new position.”

“But overall, we could have come away with the three points in the end but we got punished for our start to the game. That was unlike us, so hopefully it doesn’t happen again.”

Henderson added on a poor outing that prevented Liverpool from returning to top spot in the table: “It wasn’t like us. It was all over [the field] really.”

“I felt we were a little bit late to second balls, we weren’t winning headers and when you lose them individual battles it’s difficult.”

“So, there were still good things but still things for us to improve on.”