Jordan Henderson has sent a message to Liverpool supporters as the Reds finalise preparations for tonight’s all-important Champions League bout with Ajax.
A draw will be enough for Jurgen Klopp and his players to book their place in the knockout stages of the competition despite their 2-0 defeat to Atalanta last Wednesday.
Henderson posted a picture of himself in training to Instagram as the Reds prepare to host the Eredivisie leaders under the lights at Anfield.
Klopp gives injury update
The sight of the club-captain among Liverpool’s first-team stars at Kirkby last night was a welcomed one given the number of injuries the club are currently combatting – particularly in midfield.
Henderson, 30, was able to successfully emerge from his 45-minute cameo against Brighton and Hove Albion unscathed, but James Milner was an unfortunate casualty from the trip to the South Coast.
Milner’s hamstring issue has seen the Englishman join a long list of midfield absentees with the likes of Thiago Alcantara, Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Xherdan Shaqriri also nursing injuries.
Fabinho’s transition to defence has effectively left Klopp with just Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and Curtis Jones as his only senior options in central midfield.
The positive for Liverpool is that there are a number of talented options from the Academy who can step up in the aforementioned absentees.
Teenage midfield duo Jake Cain and Leighton Clarkson were both on the bench for last week’s encounter with Ajax and either could be braced for an inaugural Champions League appearence.
Clarkson, 19, was involved in the under-23 team’s defeat to Manchester City on Saturday while Cain, 19 was rested which would indicate the latter is more likely to feature.
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