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Report: Jordan Henderson likely to miss Leicester clash

Liverpool club-captain Jordan Henderson is expected to miss the clash with Leiecester City on Sunday as a result of the groin injury he picked up on international duty.

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Henderson, 30, suffered the injury during England’s Nations League defeat to Belgium having been removed by Gareth Southgate at half-time. He has since returned to Merseyside for further assessment after withdrawing from the national team squad.

The English champions were originally hopeful that Henderson would be fit in time to face his former manager Brendan Rodgers at Anfield this weekend, but a report from The Times indicates that he is likely to miss the encounter against the Premier League leaders.

Liverpool will also be without Mohamed Salah after the Egyptian international tested positive for COVID-19 for a second time on Wednesday.

The 28-year-old forward has been self-isolating since last Friday but has not yet recovered meaning he will miss his first Premier League match of the season.

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Salah could also miss Liverpool’s Champions League clash with Atalanta next Wednesday as well as the trip to Brighton on November 28.

 

Klopp is also without long-term absentees Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez while Trent Alexander-Arnold is facing another three weeks on the sidelines following the calf injury he sustained during the 1-1 draw with Manchester City.

According to The Mail, Klopp is expected to pair Joel Matip, the club’s only fit recognised centre-back, alongside Nathaniel Phillips who impressed during his Premier League debut against West Ham last month.

Rhys Williams is expected to start in the Champions League clash against Atalanta considering Phillips is ineligible for selection after he was overlooked in Klopp’s European squad.

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Meanwhile, there was a fitness boost for the Liverpool manager this week in the form of midfield duo Fabinho and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, as per The Mail.

Fabinho, 27, could return to training in the next couple of days following a hamstring issue while Oxlade-Chamberlain, 27, is expected to make a comeback in the next few weeks.

Thiago Alcantara is still yet to feature for Liverpool since the Merseyside Derby last month following a knee injury sustained in a challenge with Richarlison.

The Spaniard is yet to return to full-training and unless he is spotted at Liverpool’s new AXA Training Centre in the next couple of days it is likely Thiago will not feature against Leicester.

Andy Robertson should also be back fit and available for the Reds having started and played the full 90 minutes during Scotland’s 1-0 defeat to Israel in the Nations League last night.

The 26-year-old left-back made a swift recovery following complaints of a tight hamstring which kept him out of the contest with Slovakia on Sunday.

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