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Henderson Returns To Training Ahead Of West Brom

Captain Jordan Henderson made a quicker-than-expected recovery, and could be available for the Europa League final.

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When Jordan Henderson had to leave the pitch at the half against Dortmund last month with a knee injury, it was widely assumed that his season was over. Well, the captain has been working hard to get back fit, and he might just yet join midfield partner Emre Can (who had also previously been ruled out for the rest of the season) in the Europa League squad.

Henderson returned to training on Friday afternoon, offering a potential fitness boost ahead of the biggest game of the season. However, it's not all good news, as Divock Origi was conspicuously absent from training. Origi had been making good progress in recovering from his injury, but Wednesday's final might come a bit too soon for the young Belgian striker.

"With Divock and Hendo, they are both in a good way," Klopp explained in a pre-match press conference, "Hendo has done a bit more. We will see what happens over the coming days. I have to take what I get.

"They are pretty close. If the final was one week later now we'd be talking but it will be close. I'm not sure, we have to wait."

Henderson also shared his thoughts about returning to fitness with The Echo.

"I think I've got a good chance of being available for the final," Henderson said. "But there are still a few days to go and we've got another game before that. Fingers crossed, I'll be available for selection.

"I've worked hard. I've done everything I've been asked to do.

"The medical team have been fantastic to get me back as quickly and as safely as possible. The fitness team have been brilliant as well just to make sure I'm maintaining my fitness since I've been injured."

Indeed. Although Liverpool have had continual injury problems this campaign, the efforts to get players like Can, Henderson, and Origi back in time for the final have been impressive. Hopefully they have a miracle or two left in their medical kits to get these players up and running on Wednesday.

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