Arsenal vs Liverpool team news: Jordan Henderson losing race to be fit to face Gunners with Lucas Leiva waiting in wings

Liverpool captain a doubt for Monday Night's Premier League clash after limping out of win over Bournemouth

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Liverpool head into tonight's Premier League trip to Arsenal with doubts over the fitness of captain Jordan Henderson after the England midfielder limped out of the 1-0 win over Bournemouth last Monday.

Henderson was visibly uncomfortable as he departed the Anfield pitch, and it’s believed the Reds’ skipper is facing a losing battle to recover in time to lead his side out at the Emirates Stadium.

Should that prove to be the case, Lucas Leiva is expected to be given a rare chance to impress despite a move to Turkish side Besiktas believed to be on the cards. The Brazilian was left out of the matchday squad for both 1-0 wins over Stoke and Bournemouth, but manager Brendan Rodgers hinted that the 28-year-old could start if Henderson fails to recover in time.

 

Joe Allen would usually be a candidate to replace Henderson, but the Welshman has not yet recovered from a hamstring injury that he suffered in a pre-season game at Swindon that looks to be a lot worse than originally feared.

 

Along with the injured midfield pair, Jon Flanagan and Daniel Sturridge remain on the long-term injury list. The club are clearly showing caution over Sturridge’s return after seeing his 2014/15 seriously hampered by injury, while Flanagan has not played since the final game of the 2013/14 season after suffering two serious knee injuries.

Otherwise Liverpool have a fully fit squad, and Rodgers could look to hand £29m summer signing Roberto Firmino his first start since sealing his move from German side Hoffenheim last month.

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