Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that skipper Jordan Henderson will miss the weekend’s Premier League clash against Fulham after sustaining an ankle injury on Champions League duty.
The England international was substituted within the opening 15 minutes of the Bayern Munich in midweek with a twisted ankle, and it appears that the problem has become sufficient enough to rule him out of the Cottagers clash.
In a report covered by Liverpool’s official website, Klopp acknowledged that the 28-year-old won’t be ready for Sunday’s league encounter at Craven Cottage, but he could return following the forthcoming international break.
“With Hendo, we made further assessment and we know now that it’s serious enough probably to rule him out for the weekend and the international break will be long enough, hopefully, to bring him back. It’s a little one with the ankle, how it looked in the first place.”
Meanwhile, Klopp confirmed that Keita will go through a late fitness test to assess his involvement, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remains out of action until after the international break, where he could return to full fitness following his long-term knee injury.
In the absence of Henderson, one of Fabinho or James Milner could slot into the holding role, but the former appears the likelier option, should Klopp go with an attacking midfield combination involving Georginio Wijnaldum and Adam Lallana.
The Reds are presently one point behind Manchester City at the top of the table, but they can leapfrog the Citizens with three points at Craven Cottage, given the fact that Pep Guardiola’s men won’t be in Premier League action due to their FA Cup commitments.