Jurgen Klopp is delighted Jordan Henderson’s doing so well out in Russia, despite the fact it means his captain will only return to first-team Liverpool duties on the verge of the new season.
With England in the semi-final, they’re guaranteed two more games, due to a third-placed play-off scheduled if the match is lost.
This means that from July 15th, Henderson will have three weeks off, but the Premier League begins on August 10!
Hendo has explained the texts he’s been receiving from Klopp while out in Russia.
“Yeah [regular contact] after games normally, and he’s so happy. I just keep seeing texts saying, ‘Yes England! Come on!’ So he’s buzzing that we’re doing well,” Henderson is quoted by Twitter account Anfield Edition.
This World Cup has been terrific for Henderson’s national and international reputation.
For years he’s been weirdly scapegoated (despite not being on the losing side for England in 30 games), but now football supporters are finally seeing what he does and why every manager he’s played under picks him.
Hendo was the best player on the pitch against Sweden and put in sensational performances in the Group Stages as well.
The biggest test though will be against Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic of Croatia on Wednesday, of course.