Liverpool continued their unbeaten start to the Premier League with an ultimately comfortable 3-0 win over Watford this afternoon, however one incident soured the afternoon somewhat; Jordan Henderson picked up a needless second yellow card to see him sent off and therefore suspended for the upcoming Merseyside Derby.
While the suspension will come as a positive to certain supporters, the booking could have put the result in jeopardy and the sending off was particularly frustrating considering the amount of warnings Henderson had already received from the referee.
Not only was ill discipline a blemish on his display, but his overall game was poor as well; laboured in possession and not offering any form of impetus to get the Reds forward against an initially stubborn Watford outfit.
Fans were quick to react to the skipper’s performance and to say fans were underwhelmed and annoyed would be an understatement:
You’ve just had your final warning from the referee, you’re on a yellow card, you’re the captain and you do that? Shocking from Jordan Henderson.
— – (@AnfieldRd96) November 24, 2018
There's no defending what Henderson has done there. Just stupid.
— Sam McGuire (@SamMcGuire90) November 24, 2018
Why has Henderson done that?
— Matt (@FalseFirmino) November 24, 2018
Henderson should’ve came off for Keita earlier, only criticism I can give this game. Now his poor performance has got himself sent off.
— . (@VintageSalah) November 24, 2018
Henderson has a tendency to make needless, unnecessary fouls and today was evidence that this is something he needs to eradicate from his game as on another day it could have proved costly.
While he’s likely to feature in the huge Champions League clash with PSG midweek, his suspension for next weekend will, in all likelihood, give either Naby Keita or Fabinho the chance to take centre stage against Everton — an opportunity I’m sure they’ll grasp fully.
The last time Henderson got himself sent off for Liverpool was in April 2014, where they managed to let the Premier League title slip to Manchester City. Let’s just hope history doesn’t repeat itself…