Gary Lineker’s glowing praise of Liverpool star after Chelsea defeat

Gary Lineker has picked out one Liverpool star for praise after their poor recent form.

The Reds were handed a third defeat in four matches on Tuesday as they crashed out of the FA Cup to Frank Lampard’s Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

That added to their 1-0 loss to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League and 3-0 capitulation to Nigel Pearson’s Watford in the Premier League.

Lineker has now pointed out a player they have greatly missed in recent weeks while nodding towards a potential player of the year trophy for their skipper.

Jordan Henderson of Liverpool has been praised by Gary Lineker in his absence
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He Tweeted: “There’s every chance that Jordan Henderson’s injury could well clinch him the Footballer of the Year trophy.

“Sometimes you don’t realise a player’s importance to a side until they’re absent.”

The 29-year-old missed two of their three defeats and the narrow win over West Ham with a hamstring injury, with Jurgen Klopp aware of his importance.

He said of the layoff: “It could have been worse. How we all know, it was a hamstring.

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“We heard of different hamstring injuries now around in the Premier League – Harry Kane, for example. It’s not that bad.

“But he will be out, I think, for three weeks or so, which is not cool. But how we see it, we were still lucky.

“Hendo is exceptionally important, football-wise and for some other reasons too. We have still options.

Jordan Henderson was withdrawn during Liverpool’s defeat to Atletico Madrid
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“There’s a chance for all of them, but there would have been a chance anyway because Hendo wouldn’t have played all the games from now until the end of the season.

“It’s a position where we can react, so we will react.”

Henderson is expected to return for the before the end of the month, with…