Jordan Henderson absence explained as Liverpool drop Salah and Firmino against Burnley | Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has made a number of big changes to his starting line-up to face Burnley.

Jordan Henderson absence explained as Liverpool drop Salah and Firmino against Burnley

Jordan Henderson absence explained as Liverpool drop Salah and Firmino against Burnley

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Liverpool: What needs to change to get back to winning ways?

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has been left out of the matchday squad to face Burnley this evening with Jurgen Klopp making a number of big changes to his starting line-up. Joel Matip has been closing in on a return to action for the past few weeks and he comes back into the side to partner Fabinho in defence.

And his return to fitness comes at an ideal time with Henderson missing from the squad to face Burnley with a muscle strain.

Henderson has played as a makeshift centre-back in Liverpool's last two Premier League games against Southampton and Manchester United.

And there were more changes further up the pitch with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Divock Origi both coming into the starting line-up.

Both Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino have dropped down to the bench.

Jordan Henderson is unavailable to face Burnley

Jordan Henderson is unavailable to face Burnley (Image: GETTY)

It's the first time Firmino has been given a rest in the Premier League this season having started all of their opening 18 top flight matches.

Salah has been Liverpool's best attacker this year with 17 goals in all competitions and remains the Premier League's top scorer with 13.

But he's looked off the pace in recent weeks with Klopp clearly wanted to a change of tactic againt Burnley.

The Reds are without a win in their last four Premier League fixtures, scoring just one goal in the process.

Despite their poor run of form, Liverpool remain the leaue's top scorers overall with 37 goals in 18 matches.

Matip is also joined by Kostas Tsimikas in making his return to the first-team squad with the full-back being named on the bench.

The summer signing from Olympiakos is yet to make his Premier League debut for Liverpool having picked up a knee injury at the start of December.

Klopp though confirmed that the club are hopeful that Henderson's injury isn't serious.

Salah and Firmino were left on the bench

Salah and Firmino were left on the bench (Image: GETTY)

"Jordan Henderson felt (something) a little bit and we hope it is not serious and that is why he is not in the squad," he said.

"It will be a very intense game tonight and have good options on the bench. We planned to play with Hendo and Fabinho again but Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood fight with all they have and if they don't get the ball they go down, it is tricky.

"It is about how the defence deals with these specific situations."

Liverpool starting XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Fabinho, Robertson, Thiago, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mane, Origi, Shaqiri

Subs: Kelleher, Phillips, Tsimikas, N Williams, Firmino, Milner, Minamino, Jones, Salah




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