Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is a doubt for tomorrow’s game against Brentford.
Henderson has been consistently in the Reds XI over the last few weeks, doing well alongside Curtis Jones and Fabinho. But speaking in his pre-Brentford press conference today, Klopp admitted that he could be without the veteran on Saturday.
“Hendo we have to see, he had a scan yesterday, we didn’t get the result yet,” said the Reds boss. “It will not be a big thing, but maybe it’s enough to rule him out tomorrow, we don’t know yet.”
Liverpool sweating on Henderson fitness
An injury to Henderson is a little bit of a problem for Liverpool. Although the 32-year-old is seen as being dispensable in the medium-term by a section of supporters, right now he really isn’t.
With Thiago Alcantara ruled out for the season, the Reds don’t need their numbers dwindling further. Naby Keita is another already on the side lines, with Stefan Bajcetic also out for the foreseeable.
As a result, Klopp’s options aren’t exactly plentiful. Jones and Fabinho are thankfully in good form and you’d expect both to go again tomorrow. But that leaves the third spot very much up for grabs.
The smart money should probably be on Harvey Elliott to return to the line-up. Elliott has been the only one to break up the Henderson/Jones/Fabinho trio since Bajcetic last started – away to Bournemouth on March 11th.
With Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and James Milner the other options, you’d imagine the 20-year-old would get the nod once again.
But the absence of their captain only highlights how much Liverpool need to reinforce this area of the pitch. Fingers crossed Henderson makes it back if not for tomorrow then for Leicester a week on Monday. Just four more games until we get some much-needed new blood in there!