Latest Liverpool injury update: Jurgen Klopp on midfielder
The Liverpool manager provides an update on the fitness of his captain Jordan Henderson
Jurgen Klopp has played down concerns about Jordan Henderson’s heel after the Liverpool captain appeared to pick up a knock during their 3-2 loss to Swansea City at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.
Henderson completed 90 minutes against the Swans as Iceland international Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a winner with 16 minutes to play to inflict a first Anfield defeat on Liverpool since January 2016.
The 18-time English champions will return to action on Wednesday night when Klopp’s men host Southampton in the second leg of their EFL Cup semi-final after a 1-0 loss at St Mary’s earlier this month.
Henderson missed a number of games during the festive schedule due to a niggling heel injury.
However, Klopp has revealed that Henderson didn’t aggravate the problem during their Premier League defeat but the England international did pick up knock.
“It was not his heel, he got a knock,” said Klopp.
On how Henderson has adapted his recovery sessions following his long-term heel injury last season, Klopp added:
“It’s different, it’s similar but still different. We know much more from last year about it.
“We don’t train a lot in this period between the games so instead of running one day, when the players who have played 90 minutes are running for recovery, he’s on the bike – that’s maybe the only difference with what we do with him.
“The rest is how I said – you don’t use the phrase ‘bite on his teeth’ [grit his teeth]? You know what it means, it’s not the moment to feel nothing, he always feels a little bit, but he can cope with it.”
Asked whether there were any fresh injury concerns ahead of the visit of the south coast club, Klopp said: “No.”
Liverpool are in fourth place in the Premier League table.