Jordan Henderson has dismissed the rumour of a bust-up between Liverpool team-mates Alisson and Andy Robertson in the aftermath of the 3-1 defeat to Leicester City.
After the Premier League champions conceded three times in the space of seven minutes to lose at the King Power Stadium on Saturday, speculation circulated on social media over the possibility of Jurgen Klopp sensationally leaving the club.
There were also posts online relating to an alleged altercation between goalkeeper Alisson – who was involved in a mix-up with Ozan Kabak for Leicester’s second goal – and defender Robertson in the dressing room after the game.
Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League tie against RB Leipzig, Henderson revealed the players saw the funny side of the rumours as he made clear the squad remains united in a bid to turn their fortunes around.
“I don’t think I even need to comment on something like that,” Henderson told the media.
“Someone’s sitting behind a keyboard making rumours up about the manager or the players in the dressing room.
“I quite like the one where Robbo and Ali were having a fight. That made us chuckle a bit.”
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Henderson also offered praise to Klopp – who stated in his pre-match media conference that he has no plans to leave his job – and called on the players to put in a performance to reward their manager’s unwavering support during a difficult period.
“The manager is really good in situations like this. Through adversity he’s the one we’ll listen to the most. He’s always there for us as players and tries to protect us as much as possible,” the England international said.
“Deep down, we know as players we take full responsibility and it’s down to us to change this tough period.
“There are no question marks over how he reacts after games. He probably reacts the opposite to how people would think and he handles situations like that very well.
“That’s why we want to go and put a performance on – for the team, but for him as well.”
Liverpool will play the away leg against Leipzig in Budapest due to travel restrictions currently in place in Germany amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The Reds will hope a resumption of their Champions League campaign can help lead to an improvement in results on the pitch, having lost three on the spin in their domestic title defence.
Leipzig reached the semi-finals in the previous season and qualified for the knockout rounds this term ahead of Manchester United. However, their tally of 12 goals conceded in the group stage was the highest of any team to reach the last 16.