Following Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Burnley at Anfield, Jürgen Klopp spoke about Jordan Henderson’s injury and when he’ll return to the fold.
Liverpool’s skipper missed the home win over Burnley on Sunday. Having missed the last three games, there are serious question marks surrounding Henderson’s fitness. The last game the former Sunderland man took part in was the 2-0 win over Spurs.
Henderson suffered injury during training and is one of a number of Liverpool’s injured clientele. Roberto Firmino, Dejan Lovren and Daniel Sturridge also missed Sunday’s win over Burnley.
Speaking to reporters in his post-match press conference, Jürgen Klopp offered an update on Henderson’s injury status. Hendo has been ruled out of playing against City on Sunday as well as England’s fixtures during the international break.
When Klopp was asked if Hendo would be available to play for England against Germany and Lithuania, the boss replied, “No chance. The [international] break, these two weeks, hopefully – it’s what we hope – can bring him back, but there’s no game possible in this time.
“That’s how it is. He cannot train, he for sure cannot play against City and it makes sense that he is doing the rehab.
“Hopefully he can run in the second week of the international break and then we have to see.”
Henderson is massively underrated by Liverpool supporters and his influence on the team’s tempo has been missed since his injury. Although I doubt he would have made a difference had he played against Leicester City, he remains a vital cog in Klopp’s geggenpressing machine.
With Manchester City waiting for Liverpool at the Etihad this Sunday before the international break, the Reds have a massive opportunity to leapfrog the Citizens and establish themselves in the fight for Champions League football.