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Henderson and Sturridge Remain Absent for Liverpool

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Injuries kept the captain and veteran striker out of training for another day.

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Having missed the last two matches following injury and illness, Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge look unlikely to play a part against Burnley on Sunday, with both missing Liverpool’s latest training session and manager Jürgen Klopp planning for a match without either.

Henderson hurt his foot in training ahead of the loss to Leicester. The good news is that the injury is not believed to be related to a flare up of his plantar fasciitis. The bad news is that he isn’t yet ready to train and that it is far from clear what his long term prospects are.

Sturridge, meanwhile, has been missing since he was sent home from La Manga with the flu. Immediately upon returning to training the following week, he then injured his hip. It is, sadly, a good encapsulation of what the once dominant striker’s career has become in recent years.

Recent rumours have suggested Paris Saint-Germain are interested in taking the striker on loan next season in the hopes that he could find fitness and form in France, and more generally it is believed that Liverpool are now willing to move Sturridge on in the summer.

Whether that’s a loan to a club like PSG or a permanent deal to a mid-table outfit in England looking to splash some of the league’s television money on a flashy statement signing is about the only question left. For their part, Liverpool are believed to prefer a sale to a loan.

Following Sunday’s match against Burnley, Liverpool take on Manchester City on the 19th before the league breaks for two weeks and players head off on international duty.