Liverpool kick off their defence of the Premier League title this weekend with a visit from Leeds United. The Reds will be chomping at the bit as they look to prove to any doubters that last season was no fluke. The defending champions will be entering the season with some key players returning from injury but thankfully the Reds have been dealt a decisive boost ahead of this weekend’s tie; Jürgen Klopp expects Jordan Henderson to resume first team training this week.
Jordan Henderson has been absent since the end of last season.
The skipper picked up a knee injury in a fixture with Brighton & Hove Albion which saw him miss the final four games of the campaign.
Hendo has been absent throughout pre-season as he rehabilitates from his injury, he hasn’t taken part in any of the squad’s pre-season friendlies.
Henderson back in training
Liverpool will be buoyed by the news that Jordan Henderson is back in training this week ahead of the weekend’s season opener with Leeds United.
Jürgen Klopp delivered an update on the skipper’s fitness, telling the official Liverpool site:
“Obviously Hendo was desperate to play a few minutes today as well, but it makes no real sense because he had to do an important session today for him.
“If he would have played today, 10 minutes or so would have probably been OK. But that makes no sense. So that was not possible, but he trained in big parts of this week and will probably join full team training next Tuesday.
“We will see how he develops, [there are] a few days until Leeds, how the boys come back from the national teams. A lot of open questions still, but a few hopefully we can answer today.”
What RTK has to say
It is unlikely that the captain will start the game at the weekend given his absence from football for a few months now.
Though we could expect the skipper on the bench for the game.
Henderson’s presence alone will be a boost for the team, he is the captain after all. He is a leader, we can rest assured that even if he doesn’t get on the pitch he will be vocal in the dressing room and during the warm up, he will be inspiring his team to victory.
Given that he is back in training this week we will hopefully see the Englishman back in action in the coming weeks.