Liverpool will struggle to make the top four this season without their captain Jordan Henderson, according to Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aston Villa and England striker admitted it was “terrible news” that the England international had suffered a groin injury.
The Daily Mail report Henderson is set to miss the rest of the season and is a serious doubt for this summer’s European Championships.
He will join Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk on the Liverpool treatment table leaving Jurgen Klopp down to the bare bones in defence.
Henderson has been used exclusively as a centre-back since the turn of the year before limping off after half-an-hour of their 2-0 defeat to Everton on Saturday.
“It’s massive [to be without Henderson],” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“They’ve had massive injuries all season but having Henderson back was a big lift because he’s a leader. So to have him out is terrible news.
“I think it’s going to cost them in the Champions League and maybe even the top four.
“Henderson’s not only a great player but he’s a leader as well.
“You don’t see many leaders in that Liverpool team without Henderson in there.”
Nat Phillips replaced Henderson at Anfield on Saturday as he and January signing Ozan Kabak became Liverpool’s 18th different centre-back pairing of the season.
Ben Davies, a January signing from Preston North End, is yet to make his debut for the club after picking up a knock in his first week at the club.