According to Sky Sports, Jordan Henderson has travelled with Liverpool’s non-international squad members to Tenerife for warm weather training, but Daniel Sturridge has been left behind.
Jürgen Klopp has taken all his senior players, including James Milner, Jöel Matip, Dejan Lovren, Loris Karius, Alberto Moreno and Lucas Leiva to the Canary Islands for a week to train in warmer weather.
And, according to Sky Sports, Jordan Henderson has joined his teammates for the trip.
Liverpool have had to make do without influential skipper Jordan Henderson for a number of weeks but the recent resurgence from Emre Can has made his absence somewhat bearable. Henderson’s last game for Liverpool was the Reds’ 2-1 win over Spurs at Anfield on February 11th and he has since been unable to take part in any games or training, for that matter.
A player who hasn’t been included on the trip is Daniel Sturridge who has been missing from action since February 4th. A hip injury following a bout of injury has kept the Englishman sidelined and there are growing doubts about whether or not he will play for Liverpool again.
Henderson’s return to the fold will be great for a number of reasons. More so than anything else, Liverpool have missed his influence from the middle of the park. As much as I have been impressed with Emre Can in the last two weeks, Henderson’s range of passing and ability to dictate the tempo of the game is critical to allow Liverpool to maintain control in big games like against Manchester City.
The home side bossed the game for large stretches which often doesn’t happen when Hendo is in the side due to his ability to win back the ball and recycle it in an effective and pressure-relieving manner.
With Henderson back for the final stretch of games, it should boost Liverpool’s chances of winning and fortifying their position in the top four which took a slight hit when they dropped two points against Man City. Securing Champions League qualification has never been more important for Liverpool and if the Reds let this slip, it could have dire consequences for next season.