- Jurgen Klopp expected to move Jordan Henderson to the bench against Southampton
- Liverpool boss keen to preserve his skipper’s fitness ahead of Champions League clash
- Henderson recently returned from hamstring injury
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Jurgen Klopp admits he is mindful of Jordan Henderson’s fitness ahead of a busy week of fixtures for Liverpool.
The Reds travel to face Southampton on Sunday before playing Porto away from home in the first leg of their last-16 match Champions League match.
Klopp has hinted his skipper could be handed a rest this weekend in order to keep him fresh for the club’s tough midweek contest.
“Hendo came back against Tottenham but was not 100 per cent because he was injured,” Klopp said, as reported by the Independent.
“Can he start both games? I don’t think that would make too much sense, but if we have to do it then we have to do it. It depends on all the other players.”
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“Jordan can always dig in and his attitude is outstanding so of course he could. That is the only thing we have to plan around but that is because he had an injury, like we do with Adam Lallana. In a normal situation it is no problem but in this specific situation after injury it would not be perfect.”
Resting the Englishman seems wise given his history of recurring injury setbacks and the fact he only recently returned from a hamstring issue.
His bright performances in the last two games against Huddersfield and Tottenham serve as good reason to preserve him for a challenging trip to Portugal.
The captain’s likely absence could pave the way for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to make a return to the starting lineup to face the club where it all started for him this weekend.
It will be interesting to see whether Klopp takes a similar approach to resting one or two of his key attacking stars.