Klopp slams Henderson critics: He has 'hardest job in football' as Liverpool skipper!

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The Reds boss has pledged to restore the midfielder to his starting line-up against Everton and launched a defence of his captain

Jordan Henderson has the hardest job in world football by being Liverpool captain, according to manager Jurgen Klopp.

Henderson was left out of Liverpool's 7-0 romp against Spartak Moscow in midweek and his performances have come in for criticism on occasions this season.

Klopp launched a staunch defence of the England midfielder, who he assured of a place in the starting line-up for Sunday's Merseyside derby against Everton at Anfield, and feels the weight of following club great Steven Gerrard as Reds skipper is a considerable one.

"Even the captain cannot play all the time, he’s in a good moment and good shape," said the German.

"It made sense. I only spoke about it [starting Henderson at the weekend] because people would think ‘fantastic story', so make a s*** story of it.

"Sorry... but they are s*** stories [that Henderson has fallen out of favour]. Give me another word for it. He's such an important player for us, I don't get why I have to say that.

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"I live in this city and I get how people are talking, but being skipper of Liverpool is the hardest job in world football. The man before was Steven Gerrard.

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"I want everyone to respect Jordan Henderson as our skipper. But that doesn't mean he plays all the games."

Liverpool have been in free-scoring form of late, with 5-1 and 3-0 Premier League wins at Brighton and Hove Albion and Stoke City respectively preceding the midweek rout.

They sit fourth in the table, a point above Arsenal in fifth, while back-to-back victories have lifted a Everton and their new manager Sam Allardyce up to 10th.