The two first-teamers on Liverpool’s injury list are Jordan Henderson and Alberto Moreno. One is the team’s captain who’s been mostly solid this season but with plenty of mushy interruptions that have rendered the midfield less than effective. The other injured friend is Liverpool’s resurgent left back who shook off a season of regret sat behind James Milner to become the squad’s undisputed number one.
Neither player is what you would call close to a return to the squad. Neither is expected to have any involvement in the next few games as today Jürgen Klopp shed some light on the duos rehabilitation progress.
“It depends on the healing process, if the player is a quick healer or not,” Klopp said of Henderson’s reintroduction. “There’s a big difference between individuals.
“Hendo starts running outside today. He’s on a good way. So, I don’t want to say any date because it would put pressure on him that he really doesn’t need.
“We have to wait. Hendo is a quick healer and is desperate to be back on the pitch. So, hopefully, not too long.”
In Henderson’s place, Klopp will be able to call on Emre Can, Gini Wijnaldum and Philippe Coutinho to hold down the middle. Adam Lallana’s fortuitous return from injury gives the manager yet another option.
Moreno’s availability for the squad is more predictable than Henderson’s. But the Spanish left back has had to watch on as Andy Robertson’s taken quite a shine to Liverpool’s left flank in recent games. It will be a tough job for Moreno to wrestle the position back from his Scottish counterpart.
“He is probably the quickest healer in the squad but still not sure,” said Klopp of Moreno before targeting the January 14th match against Manchester City at Anfield for a potential return.