The Liverpool midfielder will not return to action for club or country until April at the earliest, Jurgen Klopp has revealed
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has “no chance” of returning from a foot injury in time to play for England during the international break, says Jurgen Klopp.
The Reds’ 2-1 win over Burnley on Sunday was the third successive match that Henderson has missed since picking up the problem in training before the 3-1 loss at Leicester City on February 27.
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And Klopp ruled out the possibility of midfielder Henderson featuring for England when Gareth Southgate’s men face Germany in a friendly on March 22 and a World Cup qualifier against Lithuania four days later, meaning he also misses Liverpool’s Premier League game at Manchester City next weekend.
Asked about Henderson’s availability for England, Klopp replied: “No chance.
“The [international] break, these two weeks, hopefully is what can bring him back, but there’s no game possible in this time.
“That’s how it is. He cannot train, he for sure cannot play against City and it makes sense that he is doing the rehab.
“Hopefully he can run in the second week of the international break and then we have to see.”
Henderson’s absence has left a void in midfield and Emre Can initially struggled against Burnley before putting in an improved showing after the break including scoring the winner after Georginio Wijnaldum had cancelled out Andre Gray’s opener on the stroke of half-time.
And Klopp believes the Germany international is always improving.
He added: “Emre is a boy with an outstanding attitude. He’s had a few problems with his calf in the last few months, which we couldn’t sort quickly enough – not because of our medical department but because sometimes he had it, sometimes not.
“We have a lot of specialists around to try and find out, but the situation was like this, that we could not say ‘go on holiday for four weeks and maybe it’s better then’ – that’s not the situation. So it looks like we’ve found the solution now and he doesn’t have these problems any more.
“I really like to speak positively about the player. Emre’s second half was really good, but first half, around the [Burnley] goal, that’s the challenge you need to have before the cross, but things like this happen.
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“It doesn’t make you a worse person or player or whatever. You have to react and he reacted well in the second half. In his position there were a lot of high balls and you can imagine how important it is to have this player around.
“The problem is then about protection, you have nobody for the second ball when Emre wins the ball. You have then the big space that only really Adam [Lallana] and Gini were in and we suffered in these situations a little bit. But second half we did better and he did better – nice goal after a long period with calf problems, well deserved.”