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Jurgen Klopp delivers verdict on future of senior Liverpool midfielder

By Dominic Toner

Jurgen Klopp has reiterated that Liverpool’s club captain Jordan Henderson is an important player in his side.

Henderson, 26, is under threat of losing his starting place in the Liverpool team as Klopp continues to find the right balance in his midfield.

Liverpool currently have several senior players battling for a place in the midfield, with new recruits Georginio Wijnaldum and Marko Grujic contesting a starting role with James Milner, Adam Lallana and Emre Can.

Talking in The Mirror, Klopp has assured Henderson that he is a crucial part of his Liverpool side, despite rivals Tottenham being linked with a move for the midfielder last season.

“If I had any doubt, he (Henderson) wouldn’t be here,” Klopp told The Mirror. “I see him every day in training so if I was doubting him he would not be here. I like this player and he is very important for this club. There is absolutely no doubt.

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“A Liverpool player that is at the club with not so much success in recent years is always doubted a little bit. They always have to show they are not the reason we have not made the next step. Of course that is not the reason. He is a wonderful skilled player and his attitude is outstanding.”

Henderson had his season severely disrupted by injury last year and then struggled to rediscover the form that contributed to him being named as Steven Gerrard’s successor as captain.

He has spent five years at the club since joining from Sunderland in 2011 and has been a regular starter under Kenny Dalglish, Brendan Rodgers and Klopp when fit.

Henderson has made 215 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions, scoring 22 goals and supplying 34 assists.

Liverpool travel to White Hart Lane in the Premier League on Saturday and Henderson will be in contention to start the match, after starting in the first two league games of the season against Arsenal and Burnley.

In other Liverpool team news, their senior player is close to a first-team return after playing 45 minutes.