Liverpool set for 'great bonus' v Chelsea after Fabinho latest - pundit
Liverpool are set for a “great bonus” with Jordan Henderson in line to start against Chelsea, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 31-year-old’s experience would bring a calmness and composure to the Reds’ starting XI at Wembley.
As quoted by the Mirror (12 May), Jurgen Klopp revealed Fabinho has a “good chance” of being fit for the Champions League final but will miss Saturday’s FA Cup final after picking up a hamstring injury on Tuesday.
However, the German boss deemed it “not a problem” against Chelsea as he has the “incredible” Henderson to call upon.
Whelan claimed the England international’s experience of finals could prove vital for the Reds.
“Henderson’s not a bad replacement to have,” Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.
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“He’s got that club captaincy and experience he brings. Fabinho does have that element of driving forward with the ball, that height, that competitiveness he brings to the side.
“He really does shadow that backline so well. It’s invaluable to a team, the way he can drive out with that composure on the ball.
“But look, I think the Champions League is probably a bigger one for Fabinho to be in because of the Real Madrid players that are going to be out there on display. You’re going to need that experience.
“Jordan Henderson’s not a bad go-to, is he? Let’s be honest, he’s been in so many FA Cups, so many Champions League finals big games. Jordan Henderson will relish the challenge that he’s going to face in the FA Cup.
“Having your club captain out there is a great bonus to have. He’s very, very calm and composed out there. Fabinho, he’s not worth the risk in the FA Cup. As he can’t make it, it’s all about the Champions League.”