Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has leapt to the defence of captain Jordan Henderson.
The England international has been criticised for his form so far this season but some sections of the fanbase and his place in the side has come under scrutiny along with his captaincy credentials.
But Klopp has no issue with the former Sunderland midfielder and believes that he deserves respect as the skipper of the team and is “the right man for the job.”
“I live in this city and I get it a little bit sometimes how people are talking about it.” said Klopp.
“He is such an important player for us – I don’t get why I have to say that.
“Being the skipper of Liverpool is the hardest job in world football because the man who had the armband before was Steven Gerrard.
“Sorry, he finished playing football, we cannot get him back.
“I want everyone to respect that Jordan Henderson is our skipper because he deserved it and he is the right man for the job. That doesn’t mean he can play all the games.
“I am not sure if it is English or old-fashioned but even a captain cannot play all the time, that’s how it is.
“You cannot bring him only because of the armband.” he continued.
Klopp decided to leave Henderson out of the 7-0 victory over Spartak Moscow on Wednesday evening and has explained why he decided to leave him on the bench for the game.
“I made a decision for this game and it made sense in this kind of week that you need players on the pitch who know 100% about the derby and what it is about.” he said.