Lately it seems that, in between match coverage, the only thing Liverpool fans want to hear about is status of the many key players who have seen themselves out of commission thanks to injury. People are desperate to see Liverpool stalwarts such as captain Jordan Henderson and star striker Daniel Sturridge available for a game new manager Klopp. It doesn't help that excellent new talents Danny Ings and Joe Gomez both managed to do in their ACLs within the first week of Klopp's arrival.
Jordan Henderson, in particular, was one that fans and neutrals alike pegged to flourish under Klopp's watchful eye. The Liverpool skipper hasn't played in a league game since mid-August, when he suffered a heel injury, followed by a broken foot on the eve of his return. Positivity has been coming from Henderson and the team staff about his recovery, and fans had hoped that he'd be included in the matchday squad on Sunday.
In his pre-game presser, Klopp addressed Henderson and his current status.
“He wants [to play] and we have to wait.
“We have to wait every day how we adapt the intensity of the last day, the next morning, feel good and that’s all we can say. If he’s ready and we see, he can join in our game. He is a very important player for us.
“I’m waiting for him. For a player like him and after his little history with injury, he’s always at the door! ‘Give me 10 minutes, five minutes, whatever.’
“I like this but it’s not always the best thing to do. But he’s a big step ahead now.
“In his case, we always have to wait how we can adapt the intensity; that’s not my intensity or what we are doing in training, it’s his intensity – everything we do, he does 120 per cent.
“You need to be prepared for this. A player like Hendo needs perfect physical [condition], he has to be really fit, not only 50 per cent. If he is in this shape, we can use him and he can help us.”
Anyone familiar with Henderson's particular brand of endeavor and boundless energy will have no problem believing that he is desperate to get back on the pitch and help his team.
While Klopp didn't entirely nix the idea of Hendo playing on Sunday, it's clear that he is being very careful to preserve the player's fitness. While this is obviously the best strategy for the long term, it does look as though the wait's not yet over for Henderson.
Another on the laundry list of hopeful returns is Liverpool's youngster Jordan Rossiter, who was injured during international duty.
“Jordan Rossiter is not that far away but he is a young lad,” said Klopp. “I have seen him three times in training; he looks good and everything is OK but usually we should give him time, minute by minute to play more and more and more. There is an opportunity on Monday night with the U21s.”
It will be good to see Rossiter get some more minutes, even if in this crucial winter period first team chances may be few and far between, barring yet more injuries.
Philippe Coutinho may also be available to feature against Swansea on Sunday, but midfielder Lucas Leiva is suspended due to receiving his fifth yellow card.