Liverpool will appear in a European final for the first time in 9 years and there are a number of players who are battling for fitness. Among them is captain, Jordan Henderson and Divock Origi. Jürgen Klopp said that they would need to prove their fitness by the final game of the season against West Bromwich Albion to be considered.
The midfielder damaged knee ligaments against Borussia Dortmund in the quarter-final first leg of the Europa League. He was initially adjudged to be out for up to 6-8 weeks which would have ruled him out of the final but his return to training this week has given Klopp a selection headache.
Henderson has credited the club’s medical staff with his timely recovery and rehabilitation.
“The medical team have been fantastic to get me back as quickly and as safely as possible. The fitness team have been brilliant as well just to make sure I’m maintaining my fitness since I’ve been injured.”
“I think I’ve got a good chance of being available for the final,” said Henderson after being involved in light training at the club’s training facilities.
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“But there are still a few days to go and we’ve got another game before that. Fingers crossed, I’ll be available for selection. I’ve worked hard. I’ve done everything I’ve been asked to do.
“There were doubts. We knew it would be close but in the last week or two I’ve progressed really well. In the next few days I hope to do the same.
“I’m feeling stronger all the time. Every player wants to play in a European final, I’m no different. I’m desperate to be involved but at the same time I need to make sure I’m ready.”
Henderson missed the dramatic fairy tale of a second leg against Borussia Dortmund as well as the whole of the semi-final tie against Villarreal. He expressed his pleasure at the way his teammates performed.
“The intensity we’ve shown over the past few weeks has been really good. We just need to produce that in the final,” he said to the Mirror.
“You’ve really been able to sense in the games we’ve played against United, Dortmund and Villarreal what this European run means to the supporters.
“The fans really believe. They want to win the trophy just as much as we do as players. The manager has played a massive part in that.
“Seville are a good side so it will be tough but you don’t expect anything less in a European final. We’ll go into it full of confidence. We’re a good team and we’ll give it everything we’ve got.”
As impressive as Henderson’s recovery has been he will find it tough going edging Emre Can, James Milner or Adam Lallana from the starting XI. You could make a strong case for Joe Allen to be higher in the pecking order as well, such has been the Welshman’s resurgence under Klopp.
I’m very pleased not to have to make the final decision. On to you, Jürgen.
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