Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has suggested Jordan Henderson could replace him as manager at Anfield one day and would be just ‘like Kenny Dalglish’. Klopp cheekily suggested his current captain could be the player-manager for the side.
Henderson starts today in the Merseyside derby against Everton as the Reds look to bounce back from the 7-2 thrashing at the hands of Aston Villa.
The Toffees will be a tough test though as they have won all four of their top-flight games so far this season.
Ahead of the match Klopp was asked who could be in line to replace him one day at Liverpool.
The German responded by light-heartedly suggesting Henderson could be the man.
“[Henderson] would be the right age!” Klopp told talkSPORT.
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“He can be player-manager like Kenny [Dalglish] for the next three years and everything will be fine!”
Henderson has previously opened up on how much the squad respects Klopp for the journey he has taken them on.
Liverpool won the Premier League for the first time since 1990 last season and the Champions League the year prior.
“It’s no secret what this squad thinks of Jurgen Klopp,” Henderson said back in July.
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“If you think as supporters you appreciate what he has done for this club, you can multiply that by a hundred for the team: he is our leader – he has set the tone for all of this from the day he walked in.
“As I have said previously, and as the manager has said himself, he took over from great foundations laid by Sir Kenny and Brendan [Rodgers], and from players like Stevie [Gerrard].”
Liverpool take on Everton at Goodison Park from 12.30pm this lunchtime as the Premier League returns.
The Reds will look to close the gap at the top of the table in the early goings of the season.
To do that Klopp has handed new signing Thiago Alcantara a start while Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino start as the front three.
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Merseyside derby team news
Everton: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne, Allan, Doucoure, Gomes, Rodriguez, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin
Subs: Olsen, Delph, Sigurdsson, Iwobi, Bernard, Godfrey, Davies
Liverpool: Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Thiago, Henderson, Salah, Mane, Firmino
Subs: Kelleher, Wijnaldum, Milner, Gomez, Jones, Minamino, Jota
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