According to reports from Sky Sports, Jordan Henderson is a major doubt for Liverpool’s upcoming clash with Premier League leaders Leicester City on Sunday – and supporters have reacted frustratingly on social media.
Henderson, 30, was substituted off at half-time during England’s 2-0 defeat to Belgium on Sunday after feeling a ‘tightness in his leg’.
The Liverpool club captain has since been sent home from national team duty to undergo a further fitness assessment on Merseyside at the club’s new training facility in Kirkby.
Sky Sports reports that the injury is expected to keep Henderson out of contention for the match against former manager Brendan Rodgers to add to an injury list that already includes the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Thiago Alcantara, Fabinho, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson.
The Premier League champions will also be without Mohamed Salah next weekend after the 28-year-old tested positive for COVID-19 during the international break.
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Liverpool are also facing the prospect of playing without the entirety of their usual back-four as well as the club’s top-scorer.
With Fabinho, Thiago and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also nursing recent injury setbacks, it appears Klopp will have to choose from the likes of James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum, Curtis Jones and Naby Keita to face Leicester on Sunday.
Understandably, the news has frustrated Liverpool supporters, with Klopp’s team suffering terribly with injuries as a result of the chaotic fixture schedule to combat the congestion caused as a result of the ongoing pandemic.
Liverpool have felt Henderson’s absence more than most in the past with three of the club’s previous four league defeats occurring with the skipper out on the sidelines.
He was unavailable for the embarrassing 7-2 defeat to Aston Villa in October while he also missed defeats against Watford and Arsenal last season.