Although Liverpool will not be able to call upon them for Liverpool's next two games, Jürgen Klopp confirmed that Jordan Henderson and Marko Grujić are on their way back from injury. Henderson's long-standing heel issue came to the fore in the victory over Manchester City, while Grujić has has been out of the first-team picture since November.
Henderson has been a key play at the base of a midfield three and has arguably been as big a success as Adam Lallana this season. Klopp's deft positional changes have helped Liverpool to a strong season so far. The 26-year-old, however, will miss the next two games even though the manager confirmed that Henderson is on his way back.
“Actually, it is good news if you want – we had this issue with the heel and we had to take him out for a while, but he is already on the way back,” Klopp confirmed. “He has no chance for the weekend and I am sure [there’ll be] no risk for Southampton, but then I think it is absolutely possible that he’s back.”
As for Grujić, the young midfielder has only made three appearances in all competitions this season. He seemed to disappear from contention altogether, but the 20-year-old has been battling with what was described as "a tendon issue" on the official site.
“Yes [he is still injured], but he is on a good way too,” Klopp revealed. “Maybe the end of this week or the start of next week he will be back in team training.
“It was difficult and we had to do not too much because it was how it is with muscles, they all heal differently. In this case, he obviously took a little bit longer. He is not injured anymore, but he is not match fit.”
Here's to a triumphant return against Manchester United for Henderson and a promising domestic cup appearance for Grujić. With Liverpool involved in three competitions this month, there are plenty of minutes to go around.