Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Jordan Henderson has successfully returned to first-team training and could be in contention to face Aston Villa on Sunday.
Henderson, 30, will undergo a late fitness assessment before the Premier League clash against Villa Park as Liverpool look to maintain their 100 per cent start to the league season against a Villa outfit who have also begun the 2020/21 league campaign in perfect form.
The Reds club-captain – who earns £140,000-a-week according to Spotrac –has been out of action since sustaining a thigh injury that saw Henderson brought off at half-time during the 2-0 victory over Chelsea last month.
Liverpool have just one more fixture ahead of the first international break of the 2020/21 season with Henderson selected to feature in Gareth Southgate’s up-and-coming England squad for their matches against Wales, Belgium and Denmark – taking place over the next two weeks.
Klopp claimed that Henderson’s previous injury worries were a thing of the past after he confirmed that his skipper is “not injured anymore”.
The boss also revealed that he has exchanged calls with Southgate and is happy for Henderson to be involved with the Three Lions’ during the international break after detailing his fitness plan for the midfielder during Klopp’s Friday afternoon press conference.
Klopp said: “Hendo will be part of parts of training today – he will start with warming up, maybe join in passing and maybe the rondo – we will see.
“He has absolutely no issues and is all fine, he is not injured anymore but now we have to make sure he can take the next step.
“What that means for the weekend, I don’t know.
“I was in close contact with Gareth Southgate and it’s clear he’ll use the time with the national team to get match fit. Hendo had four or five days of normal pre-season before he played the first game for us because of the situation we are in.
“He played against Chelsea and got this little injury, which was really not serious. But he has been working on physical things for a few days but now he is working on football-specific things with us now and then with the national team.
“I think he’ll have minutes for England, which is then a proper win-win situation for us and I’m really happy about that.”
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