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Klopp on Henderson: “He is strong”

The Liverpool boss is confident that Henderson will bounce back from his persistent injuries by next season.

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Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, who has been out with a persistent foot injury since February, seems unlikely to appear in either of Liverpool’s last to games of the seasons. Henderson has missed large chunks of the last two seasons, but Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp believes that they will sort out his injury problems before the start of next season.

Speaking about when Henderson could return, Klopp said, “It is too early to say. Next season is the latest moment of course but anything can happen. We stay positive because he is strong.

“The moment someone gives him the green light he will be back in a second because of his attitude and character. I am not thinking about the start of pre-season but that would be the latest moment he is back.

“Like it is always, you wish a ligament was snapped. Then you know if you fix it or wait for it, it will be six weeks, eight weeks or whatever.

“This is the kind of issue where you have to wait. That is how the body is sometimes.”

Henderson had impressed fans and critics alike this season as a part of Klopp’s preferred midfield set-up, alongside Adam Lallana and one of Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum. His intelligence, work rate, and ability to control the middle of the pitch have been greatly missed in his absence.

His injury was one of several that hit key players this season, including Adam Lallana and Sadio Mané. Liverpool fans will be crossing their fingers that next season will be one with better luck, not only for Henderson, but for Liverpool players in general when it comes to injuries.

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