Ahead of the 228th Merseyside derby the boss will be without his captain Jordan Henderson and playmaker Adam Lallana. Two players who have been vital to the team recently.
Jurgen Klopp had previously said he hoped for Jordan Henderson to be fit for this weekend’s match but the captain has officially been ruled out. Hendo is still undergoing treatment and the boss decided playing him is not worth the risk. The English midfielder has been sidelined for five weeks due to a foot injury he suffered during training in the last week of February. Henderson’s recurring foot injury has seen him miss Liverpool’s last four matches.
Klopp revealed that Henderson suffered a setback so he hasn’t been in team training.
“I can’t say in this moment how long, hopefully not too long, but I know when we were here last time I probably said I hope he can be in training this week but he wasn’t and next week it looks like this too. So we have to wait.”
We all know that Hendo has played through this injury before and Klopp himself said that if there were any chance that he could play through it, Jordan would. With his latest injury setback, Liverpool are set to be without Henderson for atleast the next three matches and possibly more.
Everton (H) – 01/04
Bournemouth (H) – 05/04
Stoke City (A) – 08/04
While Henderson missed England’s recent friendly against Germany and World Cup Qualifier against Lithuania, supporters will be wishing that Adam Lallana had missed them as well. Lallana has been ruled out for four weeks due to a thigh injury sustained while representing England over the international break. Lallana featured for 66 minutes against Germany before being subbed off for Nathan Redmond and a full 90 minutes against Lithuania.
After complaining about thigh pain at half-time of the Lithuania match, Gareth Southgate chose to ignore Lallana’s complaint and keep him on for the full ninety minutes. Southgate later called Jurgen Klopp to ensure there was no bad blood following the improper management of the playmaker. Along with an apologetic phone call, the FA will be paying for Adam Lallana’s £110,000/week contract throughout the duration of his injury.
On a postivie note Daniel Sturridge has returned to training (ish) after not playing since Liverpool’s 2-0 defeat to Hull City on March 4 due to a hip injury. The striker worked outside with the club’s rehab staff at Melwood. Recent reports had said Daniel was back in full training already, however Jurgen Klopp later dismissed that in his press conference saying:
“I heard he’s back to training but I don’t know who gave this information. He was only on the pitch with the rehab coach. He has no chance”
With two of Liverpool’s usual midfield three injured the boss will have a selection dilemma on his hands. Liverpool host 7th place Everton in the 228th Merseyside derby on Saturday. Will Merseyside stay red? Let’s hope so.