Jordan Henderson will undergo further tests on Monday to discover the extent of the injury he suffered playing for England against Belgium.
The Liverpool captain had to go off at half-time of England’s 2-0 loss in the Nations League. He was replaced by Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks.
The initial severity of the injury is unclear, but it would be a major blow for Liverpool if they lost him for even a small number of games.
Jurgen Klopp is already dealing with an injury crisis which sees his entire first-choice back four ruled out of Liverpool’s next game against Leicester.
Centre-backs Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are out with long-term injuries, while Andy Robertson picked up an injury on international duty with Scotland. Fellow full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold was already missing.
Henderson had been one of the players tipped to cover at the back in the absence of van Dijk and Gomez. It would be a worry for Klopp if another option was taken away.
Further forward, Liverpool will also be without Mohamed Salah against Leicester, as he is in quarantine after testing positive for Covid-19. Midfielders Thiago Alcantara and Fabinho are working their way back from their own injuries as well.
Therefore, Klopp will be anxiously awaiting an update on Henderson, who missed most of pre-season with an injury issue.
Speaking in a post-match press conference, England manager Gareth Southgate confirmed that Henderson felt a “tightness” in his muscles.
“Jordan had a bit of tightness at half-time and felt he couldn’t carry on,” Southgate said.
He added: “Medically I would have to leave that for now.
“We will just have to assess him when we get back.”
Henderson makes no comment on injury
Those assessments will now take place on Monday. The Liverpool Echo adds that Henderson is “almost certain” to miss the last game of the international break, when England take on Iceland on Wednesday.
Henderson made no mention of his injury in an Instagram post after the game. All he wrote was: “Disappointing result tonight, but still some positives we can take from the performance.
“We learn and keep moving forward!”
Liverpool will be hoping they too can keep moving forward with Henderson at their disposal. But they will have to wait to find out.
After the game against Leicester on Sunday, the Reds have their three remaining Champions League games, as well as clashes in the Premier League against Brighton, Wolves, Fulham, Tottenham, Crystal Palace and West Brom before Christmas.
They will be hoping that Henderson misses as few of those games as possible. But his situation should become clearer soon.