Jurgen Klopp has given Jordan Henderson and Divock Origi until the final Premier League game of the season to prove their fitness ahead of the Europa League Final on May 18.
That means unless they play some minutes before the Baggies clash, he won’t pick them for Sevilla.
Both are currently out with knee and ankle injuries respectively, and didn’t feature in last night’s superb 3-0 victory over Villarreal.
We didn’t miss them against the Spaniards, but Henderson is the club captain and Belgian striker Origi is clearly a Klopp favourite – having been in outrageous form before Ramiro Funes Mori cruelly cut him down in the Merseyside Derby.
“I don’t know about Hendo. He was celebrating last night, and I saw in his eyes he think he has a chance (of playing in the Europa League final). That’s the first and most important step,” Klopp told today’s press-conference, cited in the Echo.
“Same with Divock Origi. But we will see. I have no idea yet.
“The latest moment if you want to play in the final is for the Sunday before (at West Brom).
“Hopefully we don’t have to take any risks.”
Liverpool have three Premier League matches before the final in Basel. We host Watford at the weekend, then Chelsea midweek, West Brom on the final day – before Sevilla three days later.
As a result, it’s clear Klopp will ring some big changes. We predict the kids will get a go at home to Watford, Klopp will go strong against Chelsea, but will have no choice but to pick a totally different side than the one he expects to in Switzerland.
In truth, these three games are basically irrelevant. Let’s keep everyone fit and ready for the final!