Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Jordan Henderson will be out for at least three weeks after the Liverpool club-captain picked up a hamstring injury during the 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid.
The 29-year-old skipper left the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium towards the end of the European affair and was seen leaving the stadium limping through the mixed zone on the way to the team coach.
Liverpool’s irreplaceable midfield general is currently the bookies favourite to land the PFA Player of the Year award following an outstanding personal season for the former Sunderland man.
The England international underwent a scan this morning to work out the extent of Henderson’s hamstring problem which Klopp confirmed is not as worse as first feared.
“Hendo could have been worse”, the German manager confirmed in his Friday afternoon press conference.
“We’ve heard of different hamstring injuries now around the Premier League, Harry Kane for example but it’s not that bad.
“He will be out for three weeks or so which is not cool but we still see it as lucky.
“I could make changes for West Ham because apart from Hendo all the others boys are fit.
“However, Monday is usually more time than we have so we will see who will start.”
Henderson will likely miss Liverpool’s next three Premier League matches against West Ham, Watford and Bournemouth as well as the Reds’ FA Cup fifth-round clash vs Chelsea – he could also be a doubt for the second leg clash against Atletico.
Klopp also gave an update on Xherdan Shaqiri’s injury.
The Swiss international has not been included in a Premier League squad for Liverpool since the Manchester United match back in mid-January and has only started two league matches all season.
“He is not close to team training yet, we can not put any time pressure on it,” the German boss said.
“It was never a big one but big enough to keep him out for another two or three weeks.
“He is not close to team training.”
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Once footage emerged of Henderson wobbling to the team bus everyone feared the worse.
Luckily the injury extent isn’t as serious as we first suspected. However, it is still a substantial blow all the same with Henderson – alongside Van Dijk and Alisson Becker – Liverpool’s most consistent performer this season.
This will likely open the door once again for Naby Keita who is looking for a prolonged run of games in Liverpool’s midfield triumvirate. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will also be another option with the Englishman starting in all of Liverpool’s previous six league games for the first time since joining from Arsenal in 2017.