You’re going to laugh. No, you’re not. But that’s a better opening than saying the opposite. You’re not going to laugh. That’s a truer assumption. You’re not going to laugh because injuries. Because Divock Origi. Because Origi has not trained this week and is a big doubt for selection against Manchester City.
“The icing on the cake is that Divock Origi has been off, said Jürgen Klopp. “Probably not serious but in our situation we have to be sensitive.”
Now, take that information and pile on a little bit more of this anti-laughing matter.
“Hendo no chance, Sturridge no chance,” added Klopp. “Firmino didn’t train with team so far, but should either today or tomorrow.”
The striker situation at Liverpool looks bleak for the weekend unless Roberto Firmino comes through training with flying colors over the next two days. It’s possible he does. It’s very possible he does. But, it’s also possible that we enter a darker timeline.
Daniel Sturridge is pretty much assumed to be out until we hear otherwise from the manager. While Jordan Henderson’s injury issue has a much more positive immediate future.
When asked if Henderson would be fit and ready for the Merseryside derby on April the first, Klopp responded, “In this moment, yes.”
The reintroduction of Jordan Henderson can’t come soon enough. But as it stands, Emre Can and Gini Wijnaldum have been taking over the midfield duties honorably in the captain’s absence. Discipline will be required from those two against City as a breakdown in the middle of the park could lead to disaster for Liverpool.
But Can and Wijnaldum will at least finally have a first-choice defense behind them again. As Dejan Lovren is fit and will return to the pitch to partner with Joël Matip at center back.
Try and keep from biting your fingernails off. We’ve still got two more days to go.