Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp is holding out hope that both Jordan Henderson and Andy Robertson may be fit to face Leicester City on Sunday.
On Monday evening, it was confirmed that club captain Henderson was released from international duty with England. Henderson had come off at half time in the Three Lions’ 2-0 defeat against Belgium after “feeling a bit of tightness” according to Gareth Southgate. Henderson is now back on Merseyside where he will undergo further assessment with the club’s medical team.
Andy Robertson reported a hamstring issue after leading Scotland to European Championship qualification after defeating Serbia on penalties. He sat out his nation’s loss to Slovakia on Sunday but has remained with the Scotland squad where he may resume training this week. Robertson, if passed fit, could even play against Israel on Wednesday evening.
According to David Maddock’s piece in the Mirror, The Reds are “cautiously optimistic” that both players will be fit and available for selection against Leicester City on Sunday.
‘Liverpool are cautiously optimistic of receiving some much-needed good news in the midst of their injury nightmare.
The Reds are hopeful both Andy Robertson and Jordan Henderson will be available this weekend, despite problems which forced the pair out of international fixtures on Sunday.’
Robertson’s potential availability is a huge plus for Klopp as he battles with an ever-growing injury list at the club. Liverpool are already without Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk for the rest of this season while Trent Alexander-Arnold is also out for the next couple of weeks at least. That’s three of Liverpool’s first-choice back four that are missing. Robertson would provide some much-needed stability, leadership and experience at the back if he is fit.
Fabinho is expected to be available this weekend and could play in central defence alongside Joël Matip. Young Neco Williams could deputise at right-back in Alexander-Arnold’s absence.
Midfielder Thiago Alcântara is due back very soon as well. He could be fit to play Leicester.
Regarding Mohamed Salah, Maddock reports:
‘Klopp will be without Mohamed Salah though, who is currently quarantining in Egypt after contracting coronavirus.
He could return to England on Thursday if he returns a negative test, but Premier League protocols mean he won’t be available for the Leicester game, even if negative.’
Leicester City are currently top of the Premier League and arrive at Anfield brimful of confidence. Whether Klopp’s ramshackle Reds will be able to take all three points from Brendan Rodgers’ high flyers remains to be seen.
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