Jurgen Klopp has been discussing Jordan Henderson’s confusing injury, but has delivered Liverpool fans a positive update on the skipper’s fitness.
The captain hasn’t played since the 2-0 win over Spurs on February 11 due to an ambiguous problem in his foot which is thought to be related to his heel condition plantar fasciitis.
But Klopp has suggested Henderson may even play again this season, although for us, this seems mighty unlikely.
“It is too early to say [the midfielder’s season is over]. Next season is the latest moment, of course, but anything can happen,” Klopp told the Guardian. “We stay positive because he is strong. The moment someone gives him the green light he will be back in a second because of his attitude and character. I am not thinking about the start of pre-season but that would be the latest moment he is back.
“You wish a ligament had snapped. Then at least you know if you can fix it or if you have to wait for six, eight weeks or whatever. This is the kind of issue where you have to wait. That is how the body is sometimes. Jordan can manage really well. It was the medical department that said he has to rest. We still have to wait, that is all.”
Henderson’s problems with his foot are undeniably worrying, especially when you consider how important he was to us during the first part of the campaign.
The Englishman developed superbly as a deep-lying playmaker at the base of midfield and was dominating Premier League passing and distance covered stats while healthy.
We’ve bemoaned the absence of Coutinho and Sadio Mane this term, but not having the captain available the whole time has had an effect too.
Our next two games are not about Henderson’s return, but about Champions League qualification, so all we can do is hope we qualify for the competition and our captain can lead us into it next term.