Liverpool’s tense victory over West Ham on Monday night was proof of how vital captain Jordan Henderson is to Jurgen Klopp’s record-breaking side.
That’s according to talkSPORT host Jason Cundy, who believes the Reds might not have been so complacent had their skipper been on the pitch.
Liverpool were made to sweat for their 26th league win from 27 games this season as they came back from 2-1 down to beat the Hammers 3-2.
The result meant Jurgen Klopp’s side stay 22 points clear at the top of the table with 11 games left, and are just FOUR wins away from the title, as their incredible record-breaking season continues.
But it was a sloppy display from the Reds at times, as the Hammers – who are struggling in a relegation battle – found the net twice at Anfield.
No team has scored more goals in one game against Liverpool at Anfield this season, with Everton the only other side to put two past them.
Henderson was forced to watch from the dugout as he sat out of only his second league game all season due to a hamstring injury.
And after the match former Chelsea defender Cundy said on The Sports Bar: “Liverpool definitely missed Jordan Henderson tonight.
“The best Liverpool side has Henderson in it.
“They were complacent against West Ham. When you go 1-0 up against a side that is fighting relegation, and you are ripping the league to pieces, I think there is perhaps a little bit of room for that.
“Liverpool came unstuck a little bit tonight but they got the three points and I guarantee Klopp will be telling his gang, ‘if you want to do that in the Champions League against Atleti, if you put in a performance like that, there is no way you’re going through, no way on this earth’.
“They’ve got to be better than that.
“And you wonder whether Henderson’s influence on the pitch might have got them going.”