Exclusive: Kevin Phillips reacts as Liverpool star man ruled out of Atletico second leg
Kevin Phillips has claimed Liverpool have “got away” with the timing of Jordan Henderson’s injury as the midfielder recovers from a hamstring problem.
The former Sunderland and West Brom striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested the 29-year-old is most missed “in the big ones” such as Champions League games.
Player of the Year bookies’ favourite Henderson suffered an injury to his hamstring in the 1-0 loss to Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League last 16 tie.
According to the club’s website, the England international is expected to be out for three weeks.
If correct, the Merseyside derby on the 16th of March is the next time Liverpool fans will see their captain and he will miss the return leg against Atletico Madrid.
When asked if the Champions League winner was missed in Monday night’s narrow victory against West Ham, Phillips told Football Insider: “I would say he has been a major influence on their performances this season.
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“I think they miss him because as much as Keita is a good player I feel at the moment Henderson is way above him. He is more of a leader. At times Keita overran it and gave the ball away but Henderson very rarely does that.
“He is not a huge miss because they can fill that position with other players. He is more missed in the big ones when it comes to European games and the games against Manchester City. They got away with it.
“You would always rather have a Henderson in your side than not.”
Henderson was absent for Jurgen Klopp as the league leaders staged a late comeback to beat the Hammers 3-2 at Anfield.
The former Sunderland player is also set to miss Premier League games against Watford and Bournemouth, an FA Cup tie against Chelsea and potentially the crucial European second-leg against Madrid.
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