Jurgen Klopp provided Liverpool’s injury update today during his press-conference, which has been reported by the official website.
According to the boss, we’ve some good news on one striker and some bad news on another – while there’s some problematic news regarding our central midfielders.
“Maybe Daniel [can play] if we try. Milner and Origi, no,” Klopp began, with the Daily Mail claiming that Origi will be out for three weeks with the hamstring injury he picked up versus Leicester City.
That news is disappointing considering his promising recent displays and the number of matches we’re due to play in January, but Klopp does indicate in that sentence that Sturridge is ready – although he’d obviously like to give him more time on the training pitch.
“Joe Allen is ill,” Klopp continued.
“Yesterday afternoon the doctor told me we have to send him home so we have to wait for diagnosis there.
“[On Henderson] I have no update now. We have to wait a little bit because it was something with the heel but it could be good for him we all hope. We have to see.
“Everybody knows Hendo is a real tough guy and yesterday he tried and then we saw it’s not perfect and so come on lets change. Now we have to wait a few hours more or a day or two and then we know more.”
With Milner, Allen and (probably) Henderson all out for the weekend, not to mention Jordan Rossiter, Klopp is likely to deploy Emre Can and Lucas in central midfield, if the skipper’s unavailable.
Henderson limped off last night at Sunderland, and it would be really detrimental to our progress if he’s out for our intense run of January fixtures.
In better news, Jon Flanagan is on the comeback trail. He played thirty minutes for the Under-21s recently and will hopefully provide an option for the first-team in good time, with Jose Enrique being told to actively find a new club, via the Echo.