Liverpool's Jordan Henderson out of Fulham game while Naby Keita faces late fitness test
Jurgen Klopp today confirmed that Liverpool’s captain Jordan Henderson will miss this Sunday’s Premier League trip to Fulham.
The Reds’ midfielder went off after just 11 minutes against Bayern Munich on Wednesday night. Henderson had twisted his ankle but tried to continue. However, even after some bandaging, he could not run off the injury.
Speaking today at his pre-game press conference, Klopp said:
“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. It was the best scan we could get, I would say, but still not good enough. It’s not good but OK.”
The Liverpool boss also mentioned that Naby Keita will face some more fitness tests before a decision is made regarding the Fulham game. Keita didn’t travel to Munich during the week due to a slight injury.
“Naby, we have to see if he can train today. The boys come in a bit later today. [He had] a couple of checks – it was positive until now but we have to see if it stays positive when he goes outside.”
Regarding Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, the news remains positive. When the players return at the end of March after the international break, Klopp expects The Ox to be 100% fit. Sure, it will take a lot of game time for him to get any sort of match fitness back but he’s getting closer every day.
“Oxlade, I heard nothing new about it so there’s no rush now. Of course not for the weekend anyway, but in general after international break, he will be 100 per cent fit.”
Of course, the big news on Friday morning was the Champions League draw which pitted Liverpool against FC Porto with the winners facing either Barcelona or Manchester United in the semi-final.
For now, though, the focus must turn back to domestic duties as Liverpool look to go back to the top of the Premier League with a win over Fulham at Craven Cottage.
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