By Dominic Toner
John Aldridge has admitted he is worried about Liverpool’s chances of beating Arsenal without Jordan Henderson.
The Reds captain missed the club’s defeat to Leicester on Monday and Jurgen Klopp admitted he is unlikely to be able to return against the Gunners.
Henderson was absent from the crushing 3-1 defeat away to Leicester with a bruised foot as they were outfought by the relegation candidates.
Liverpool’s top four hopes took a big blow with that loss and Saturday’s clash with Arsenal has become even more important.
Ex-Reds striker Aldridge believes Henderson’s absence in the midfield is colossal and is not confident of beating Arsenal without him.
“Monday night showed, as if it were needed, just how much we miss the captain when he’s not there,” Aldridge wrote in the Liverpool Echo. “It was ridiculous how light we looked in midfield without him.
“Emre Can and Gini Wijnaldum went missing in the first half, and the damage was done by half-time. It sounds like he’s a major doubt for the Arsenal game, and that worries me greatly. I fear for us if he’s not there.”
Henderson is an ever-present in the heart of midfield and will be frustrated that he has been hit with an injury setback.
The 26-year-old England international is an important member of Klopp’s side and dictates the play in the middle of the park.
Liverpool host Arsenal at Anfield and will go four points behind their fourth-placed opponents with a defeat.
The Merseyside club only have Premier League matches remaining this season and have had a two-week break to rest.
However, their poor form in 2017 continued with the loss to the Foxes and Arsenal will be looking to inflict more misery.
Arsene Wenger’s side are likely to be full strength despite a Champions League tie just three days later, with the Gunners already 5-1 down on aggregate to Bayern Munich.
In other Liverpool news, the club’s supporters reacted furiously to Jamie Carragher in an Everton kit.