No, really. Everything is terrible. Jordan Henderson, who was definitely supposed to be fit for the Everton game this Saturday, is going to be on the sidelines instead. Henderson’s foot injury has now kept him out of commission for 5 weeks.
The injury, which Henderson sustained during training, was really meant to be better by now (or so Klopp and the rest of us hoped). With Adam Lallana also out with a thigh injury (conclusively proving that international football should be banned), however, it looks like Liverpool will be facing Everton with a barely-there midfield.
It’s not the end of the world though, as James Pearce from the Echo lays out:
“[Klopp] must decide whether to start Lucas Leiva alongside Emre Can and Gini Wijnaldum or play Philippe Coutinho in midfield and hand a start to Divock Origi as part of his front three.”
Even so, the derby is going to be a difficult one, and not just because both teams are trying desperately to secure a top-four finish. Everton’s midfield (more specifically: Idrissa Gueye) is nothing to scoff at and quite frankly, without Henderson in midfield, Liverpool’s already shaky defense is going to be that much more exposed.
Everton aren’t without their own woes, either. The Toffees will likely be playing without Morgan Schneiderlin, Ramiro Funes Mori, James McCarthy, and of course Seamus Coleman.
Maybe it’ll be best if, instead of playing football this Saturday, we all just pitch in for bubble wrap and protect everyone left.