Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Reds skipper Jordan Henderson has suffered a slight setback in his recovery from injury.
The England star has been out for five weeks with a foot problem and won’t be available for this weekend’s Merseyside derby at Anfield.
He did travel to Tenerife with the rest of the squad for a warm weather training camp during the international break but ahead of the game against Everton, Klopp revealed that Liverpool will need to be patient on Henderson’s return.
“Jordan suffered a little setback and he is not in team training until now. When we were here last time I said I hoped he could be in training this week. But we have to wait for this.
“It’s only a question of time. It’s nothing we could do. We have to be really careful with him. If there was a little chance that Hendo could run then he would do it.
“We can’t take a risk. It’s always too long with injuries. It’s not the best time, but nothing else to do. We’ll wait for the moment when he’s back again.”
There were reports that Daniel Sturridge could return to action against the Toffees but Klopp has completely ruled that out, adding: “He has no chance. He was on the pitch with the rehab coach.”
Two key Reds stars who should be in action are Philippe Coutinho and Firmino, despite being on their travels with Brazil over the last week.
“They are OK for this weekend. We will see how fresh they are. The club did everything to bring them back as soon as possible.”