Henderson: I don’t expect to start in final

Date published: Tuesday 17th May 2016 7:00

Jordan Henderson: Could be on the bench

Jordan Henderson has admitted he doesn’t expect to start for Liverpool in the Europa League final on Wednesday night.

The skipper, speaking at Tuesday’s press conference in Switzerland, revealed he is still in the dark on whether he will lead the Reds against Sevilla in Basel.

Henderson only returned from a month-long injury lay off with a 26-minute appearance in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with West Brom. The 25-year-old suffered isolated damage to his lateral collateral ligament which he sustained in last month’s 1-1 draw with Borussia Dortmund.

And the suggestions are that Jurgen Klopp will stick with the same starting XI that took them to the final with a pulsating 3-0 victory over Villarreal.

That would mean England man Henderson will start on the bench and James Milner will take the armband.

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“No, I don’t know know the team, I don’t know if I will be starting,” said Henderson.

“The manager won’t name the team until a few hours before the game, as always. But I don’t expect to start, no. I’ve been here a long time and I know I’ve only played 25 mins, so….

“When I wasn’t involved the team did really well and we won some big games – they played brilliantly to get us here.

“But at same time I feel good and I am ready. I am ready to play as long or as little as the manager wants me to.”

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