Jordan Henderson accepts that he is not always going to be in Liverpool’s team just because he is the club captain.
Henderson was left out of Liverpool’s must-win game over Spartak Moscow on Wednesday, and watched on as they won 7-0.
Jurgen Klopp has dismissed media reports about Henderson’s loss of status, but the captain admits that nobody has a free pass into the starting line-up.
“I think every player is always going to be disappointed when they don’t play, especially in big games, but with the squad we’ve got, the amount of big players we’ve got, some players are not going to be playing in games all the time,” Henderson told Sky Sports.
“You look at the Chelsea game, Sadio Mane didn’t start the game. It’s going to be a pattern throughout the next few weeks, because there are a lot of games coming up.
“Just because I am captain, it doesn’t mean I have to start every game.
“Obviously it might have been different when Carra and Stevie were here because it was different.
B”ut at the end of the day, if I’m not playing or I’m looking tired, I’m not going to play.
“That’s the big thing the manager has tried to get across to us, if we want to be successful we need to stick together as a squad and not just the players who are starting.”
In today’s market, where some players are going for £80m+, the £20m that we paid for Jordan Henderson still seems a like a complete waste of money.
— Dharma Bhagalia (@Kloppholic) December 2, 2017