Liverpool boss Klopp told Leeds man is ‘perfect’ Jordan Henderson replacement

Jurgen Klopp must look to a Leeds midfielder as the “perfect replacement” for Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson, says Garth Crooks.

The Reds captain played the full 90 minutes to help his side secure a Champions League round-of-16 place with a 1-0 win over Ajax.

But the Englishman has not been invincible this season, missing three games in the Premier League and being forced off though injury against Chelsea.

Despite his strong performances for Liverpool, Henderson’s fitness has seen some question how long he will remain at the club.

And Crooks, who scored 168 goals in nearly 500 appearances for clubs including Tottenham and Charlton, believe his replacement lies at Elland Road.

Writing on the BBC Sport website, the pundit said: “Leeds missed Kalvin Phillips against Leicester and Crystal Palace, but not against Everton.

“The England international is making a name for himself, and was far too sharp for the Toffees.

“This kid reminds me of a young Bryan Robson, when the former Manchester United and England captain played for West Brom.

“Phillips can cover the ground, he's not afraid to stick his foot in, and sees the pass.

“He doesn't immediately grab your attention but given time you begin to realise the enormous contribution he's making to the game.

“I think he's the perfect replacement for Jordan Henderson and I don't mean just for England.”

Phillips has earned rave reviews in his seven Premier League appearances with the promoted Leeds side.

And he has also become a favourite of Gareth Southgate, who has given the 25-year-old four appearances for England this year.

His first game while playing in the Championship, where the Englishman was a regular under Marcelo Bielsa and even grabbed two goals.

Phillips was the Leeds star who led fans in celebration when their promotion to the top-flight was secured in July, marking their first season back in the Premier League for 14 years.

The midfielder is expected to be available for the Whites’ trip to Chelsea as they look to reach the top 10.

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