There is no discernible way to view any part of Jordan Henderson’s injury as a positive for Liverpool.
The only slight bit of optimism comes from the fact Jurgen Klopp has shown himself a master at helping the Reds rise like a phoenix from the ashes and will no doubt have a plan to make sure the captain’s absence does not weigh heavy on any performance.
That plan will most likely centre around one of the many talented midfielders waiting in the wings for whom this will be an opportunity and while that may sound like a positive for them, the reality is those same players would have been given a chance in the engine room in the coming weeks regardless of Henderson’s situation anyway.
What immediately springs to mind about the fact Henderson is now unable to lead Liverpool into battle for at least the next three weeks, as he recovers from a hamstring injury suffered against Atletico Madrid, is exactly that – he isn’t there to lead his side.
The talismanic England international has repeatedly guided his side through a number of difficult matches, inspiring those around him while demanding every player matches his same level of commitment.
Away from being captain, Henderson has simply been in outstanding form too – stamping his authority on various games, pressing from the front and defending with gusto.
And while his absence provides a natural cause for concern, Liverpool have world-class players all over the pitch who should have enough to counter-balance the loss.
There is the likes of vice-captain James Milner, Virgil van Dijk as a third captain and a number of other vocal figures in the dressing room like Gini Wijnaldum, Andy Robertson and Alisson Becker who will be sure to galvanise the team.
Although no player will be able to replicate Henderson’s almost unquantifiable attributes exactly, it would seem Liverpool are well-equipped to deal with the captain’s injury.
The strong characters mentioned, plus others including the world-class front three, are a pivotal reason for that while the Reds’ recent successes are much-owed to that same cohort too.
However, there is something Henderson has added to his game this season that will mean his miss is felt for more than just the reasons outlined above.
That is because the midfield general has scored three times in the Premier League during this campaign already – and that is as many times as he has found the back of the net in the last three seasons combined – while also notching up five assists in the top flight compared to just four in his last two terms.
It might not sound like much of an output from the 29-year-old but when you consider what his role is for this team, it’s a very solid return.
Also, his first goal of the season came against Tottenham Hotspur to equalise in the second-half and inspire a 2-1 win with Mohamed Salah tucking away a penalty 15 minutes from time.
Henderson’s second was the opener away to Wolves with Roberto Firmino scoring the second via an assist from the captain with just four minutes to go in a 2-1 victory.
His third, meanwhile, came in the 4-0 second-half blitz of Southampton but the point remains that an extra element Henderson has found in his game has been really crucial to Liverpool when they’ve needed it and that’s something else they will no doubt have to consider too.
It will be a race against time, therefore, to get Henderson back fit for the visit of Atletico Madrid in just under three weeks time in the Champions League last-16 second leg as Klopp’s men need to overturn a 1-0 deficit.
An away trip to Goodison Park comes next for the Reds after that before Liverpool face Palace in what could be a vital Premier League title clinching time where all players will need to be fit and firing at full tilt to make sure this season becomes as successful as it is looking like it could be at Anfield.