Big blow for Liverpool as Klopp reveals timeframe on Henderson absence

Date published: Friday 21st February 2020 1:24

Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Jordan Henderson will be on the sidelines for three weeks with the hamstring injury he suffered against Atletico Madrid.

The Reds skipper limped off in Tuesday night’s Champions League defeat in Spain and will likely miss four games, starting with Monday night’s clash against West Ham and in all likelihood the return leg against Atletico at Anfield on March 11.

Speaking ahead of the game against the Hammers, Klopp said: “Hendo it could have been worse. It was a hamstring. You have different hamstring injuries now in PL, Kane, he will be out for three weeks or so which isn’t cool. But we were still lucky.”

As for how he expects his side to react to a react to a rare loss this season, the Reds chief added: “It’s still putting things right, just not in the competition. We lost the game, that’s not positive. But it felt like a defeat.

“If you really want to be successful, then it has to feel really bad.”

Klopp has also indicated that he will field a strong side against David Moyes’ strugglers, with the second leg against Atletico almost three weeks away.

He added: “Apart from Hendo, all the other boys are fine. But Tuesday-Monday there’s absolutely no need to make changes. We will see.”

Xherdan Shaqiri will also be missing against West Ham, and Klopp added that the Swiss playmaker is still a little way off a return.

“Not close to team training yet. We cannot put any time pressure on it. It’s not a big one but big enough. We have to wait.”

 

 

Meanwhile, Bayern Munich goalkeeper Christian Fruchtl rejected the chance to join Liverpool in January, it has been revealed.

Fruchtl has come through the academy at Bayern, but is yet to make a senior appearance for their first team, as he is behind Manuel Neuer and Sven Ulreich in the pecking order.

The 20-year-old is eager to leave on loan for more first team opportunities, but retains the desire to make the grade at Bayern in the future.

According to Sport1, he was offered the chance to leave the Bundesliga champions for Liverpool in December, but turned it down. Read more…

 

 

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