Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson has brought up a personal landmark after being named in Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI to face Porto in the Champions League on Tuesday night
Jordan Henderson made his 400th appearance for Liverpool during their Champions League game against Porto tonight.
Henderson was named in Liverpool ’s starting XI to face the Portuguese side, with Jurgen Klopp making just one change to the team which faced Brentford on Saturday.
James Milner came in for Trent Alexander-Arnold to play right-back after the 22-year-old picked up a groin injury.
The Reds could only earn a point against newly-promoted Brentford, who battled hard to draw 3-3 in the Premier League on the weekend.
But despite the bruising encounter with Thomas Frank’s side, Klopp has kept the faith with his players for the trip to Porto.
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That is good news for Henderson, who has reached a personal landmark, becoming the 27th player to reach 400 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions.
Henderson joined the Reds from Sunderland in June 2011 and his longevity is underlined by the fact he is the first Liverpool player since Steven Gerrard in October 2007 to bring up the quadruple-century.
Henderson is also just the 14th man to play 60 games in Europe for Liverpool.
“It’s a big number and a lot more to come,” Klopp told BT Sport before kick-off in Portugal. “If he stays fit he will easily make 500.”
The names above Henderson on the list of Liverpool’s top appearance makers shows the impressive level he has reached.
John Barnes, on 407 appearances, is the first he can overtake, while Ian St John (425), Sami Hyypia (464) and Phil Thompson (477) are not far off.
Henderson is some way off Gerrard (710), Jamie Carragher (737) and Ian Callaghan (857), but is now just 92 appearances behind Liverpool legend Roger Hunt, who sadly passed away on Tuesday.
Liverpool will wear black armbands as a sign of respect this evening for a player who turned out for the club between 1958 and 1969.
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Hunt scored 244 league goals for Liverpool over 11 years – a tally which remains a club record to this day.
The striker helped the club out of the Second Division in 1962 by scoring 41 goals in as many games.
He then helped the Reds win the First Division in 1964 and 1966 and record a first FA Cup triumph in 1965.
Hunt played in every game of England’s successful 1966 World Cup campaign and scored three times in the group stage.
“It’s difficult obviously,” Klopp said. “We don’t know these legends personally but the first thing you learn when you come to Liverpool is about these guys.
“He would have been a player that would have played definitely in my team. It is really sad.
“Condolences go to his family from the Liverpool family. It is a really sad day.”