So let’s get the bad news out of the way:
Jordan Henderson is hurt. A heel injury in the second half of Liverpool’s 1-0 win over Manchester City forced the captain to check himself out of the game in the 64th minute, replaced on the board by Divock Origi (although Adam Lallana ended up dropping back to fill the gap in midfield).
As Jürgen Klopp told reporters after the game, the extent of Henderson’s injury is still being assessed.
“In this moment, it’s a little bit of pain in the heel," the manager said at his post-match press conference. If Hendo is limping, it is probably a little bit more pain. We have to see. We will see. We don’t know exactly in this moment.”
Henderson will almost certainly not be available for the trip to Sunderland tomorrow.
And now for the good news:
Klopp confirmed that the heel in which Henderson sustained the injury is not the same one that gave him trouble last season. In late 2015, the skipper picked up a knock that was ultimately diagnosed as plantar fasciitis, and it kept him out of commission for three months. That means that the knock is not a recurrence of that specific injury.
Which isn’t to say this isn’t the same problem in a different foot, or some other injury that will lead to a similarly lengthy spell out of the team. But right, at least, there’s reasonable hope that this injury won’t be that bad. With it being New Year’s and all, hope is in abundant supply.