Both Jordan Henderson and Andy Robertson could miss Liverpool v Arsenal. The Reds surely won’t take risks with the pair.
Jurgen Klopp delivered a lengthy injury update on Thursday but then, there are a lot of injured players right now. The Liverpool boss talked about eight in total – and that’s without addressing Harvey Elliott.
Two stand out, however. Both Jordan Henderson and Andy Robertson are questionable ahead of the Arsenal fixture, whereas everyone else is either in or out.
“[Robertson] was smart enough to [make] the right decision, he went off early, which he usually is not doing,” said Klopp, per Liverpoolfc.com. “But in this case it was absolutely right, and so there’s a good chance that he can be involved at the weekend.
“Hendo, a little bit more [injured] than Robbo but a chance for the weekend. So we are working on that.
“It’s not a serious injury but in this short period of time we have to see if he is ready for Saturday. But after that, 100 per cent, and possibly for Arsenal as well.”
Henderson, Robertson doubts v Arsenal
Now, we’ve already said that Kostas Tsimikas should probably come in for Robertson. The Greek is in good form this season and it makes little sense to risk the Scot.
That’s certainly the case for Henderson, too – even more so, in fact. The Liverpool captain has a history of injury problems, unlike Robertson, and Klopp believes his issue is a little worse than his teammate’s.
That, for us, is enough to rule him out of the weekend. Liverpool have an incredibly busy period coming up over the next six weeks, after all.
Aggravating Henderson’s problem and ruling him out for longer would be a disaster. Especially with other issues already in midfield.
And there’s another consideration – Thiago. The Spaniard is back and fit to play, which has been a rarity over the last year. Liverpool should take advantage of his availability to rest Henderson while they can.
Otherwise, they could deeply regret it down the road.