Jordan Henderson’s form is one of the main reasons Liverpool have enjoyed such a brilliant start to the season.
It seemed almost impossible to call how Jurgen Klopp’s men would do after a summer of rebuilding, but their reinvigorated skipper has led them to joint top of the Premier League after nine games.
The England international was a notable absentee in midweek against Tottenham in the cup, but that was down to a suspension.
In truth, it seems unlikely Klopp would have risked Henderson anyway, as he used the EFL Cup encounter to blood a number of youngsters.
Yet, the midfielder has clearly learned his lesson from being forced to sit out the game after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season last weekend against West Brom.
Hendo has promised to clean up his act, telling the Mirror:
“Unfortunately, I was watching on Tuesday against Tottenham and not contributing because of suspension.
“I won’t dwell on the topic except to say I’m disappointed in myself that I’ve picked up five bookings so quickly in the season.
“It’ll be something I look to learn from and address.”
Klopp will have been particularly frustrated that Henderson was booked for dissent, as he will know that referees are clamping down on it this season.
If he was going to get himself suspended, however, he picked the right game, as he’ll now be available again for this Saturday’s trip to Crystal Palace.