Liverpool are reportedly concerned that captain Jordan Henderson could miss the start of next season through injury.
The Reds midfielder picked up a knee injury in the 3-1 win at Brighton after a clash with Yves Bissouma.
He underwent a scan on Thursday and Liverpool are likely to know the full extent of the injury on Friday, reports The Sun.
But the early signs suggest it does not look good, with Jurgen Klopp saying: “I know it will not be nothing.”
Knee ligament damage means Henderson is likely to be ruled out of action for a lengthy period. That would include the final four matches of this term and the beginning of next campaign.
Following the coronavirus pandemic, the new season is expected to begin in the first week of September.
Liverpool team-mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was sidelined for an entire campaign when he damaged his knee ligaments in 2018.
The Anfield outfit are hoping that Henderson’s injury isn’t as serious. But it will mean he will struggle for match fitness when the Reds begin their title defence.
Henderson will also miss England’s Nations League matches against Iceland and Denmark at the beginning of September.
The potential injury blow may even force Klopp to try and push through plans to sign Thiago Alcantara.
The 29-year-old has told Bayern Munich that he wants to leave this summer. And Liverpool are said to have already agreed personal terms with the player.
Jurgen Klopp told Thiago Alcantara wouldn’t adhere to Liverpool methods
Liverpool have been told that they would be making a mistake by signing Thiago Alcantara.
The Bayern Munich midfielder emerged as a potential target for Klopp last week. It has been claimed that Liverpool had already held ‘serious negotiations’ over a deal.
As per Sport, “negotiations are very advanced between the player and club. And only the economics have to be worked out between the two sides”.
Liverpool, however, are believed to be unwilling to pay Bayern’s €35million asking price in full. As such, it’s reported they are looking to secure the 29-year-old, whose deal expires in 2021, at a reduced cost.
Klopp is said to be a “long-time admirer” of the Spain midfielder from his time as Borussia Dortmund boss.
However, former Reds star Christian Ziege reckons Thiago should stay at Bayern. Read more…