Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has urged Jordan Henderson not to lose heart.
Henderson has struggled for minutes this season.
"It is about the balance in the team. We have got one controlling midfielder in Joe Allen," Rodgers told liverpoolfc.com.
"We have got Steven Gerrard, who is a great player and speaks for himself. He has got a goal in him, he has got influence and he has got stature. He carries his qualities on the field. Then we have got Jonjo, who is a goalscoring midfielder.
"But Jordan is working his socks off every day. He has got a great appetite to learn; he lives his life right and he doesn't do stupid things off the pitch. He works hard, he works well."