Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson ruled out for the rest of the Premier League season, but Jurgen Klopp says he has ‘a chance’ to make it to the European Championship after three months with England and count on the sidelines.
- Jordan Henderson has not played since Liverpool’s loss to Everton in February
- Reds boss Jurgen Klopp says his captain will no longer play for the club in 2020-2021
- But the midfielder has a chance of being fit for England’s Euro 2020 campaign
Jordan Henderson is putting all his efforts into being fit for the European Championship after Jurgen Klopp said he will no longer be playing for Liverpool this season.
The Liverpool captain has been out since February 20 when he damaged his adductor in the 2-0 defeat to Everton. Henderson needed surgery to correct the problem and has been through a rehabilitation program for the past 10 weeks.
Henderson had hoped to be involved in some capacity in Liverpool’s last two games of the campaign – against Burnley and Crystal Palace – but it has been decided not to rush him back for a few replacement appearances.
Jordan Henderson faces a race against time to be fit for England’s Euro 2020 campaign
Henderson was injured in Liverpool’s defeat to Everton at Anfield in February
Gareth Southgate has recently been in touch with Liverpool’s medical department and is ready to give the 30-year-old every opportunity to be part of his 26-man squad for the tournament, which he will nominate on May 25.
The England head coach highly values Henderson and for that reason he wouldn’t just make a decision and ban him from the tournament, even though he hasn’t kicked the ball since the middle of winter. Southgate wants to choose Henderson as much as Henderson wants to play for England.
Klopp, the Liverpool manager, insisted there have been no setbacks. Henderson will continue to do his job in the club’s Kirkby training facility but has not yet participated in full team training, meaning he no longer has time to get involved in the Premier League action.
“I understand their situation quite well, not that as a player I would even have been close to a European Championship,” Klopp said when discussing Virgil van Dijk’s decision to exclude himself from the Dutch squad.
‘But I know what it means when you miss a big personal goal, so that’s no fun. Especially to Virgil, it always loomed that if there weren’t miracles, it was always clear that it would be the decision in the end.
Hendo’s injury is very different (Van Dijk’s). Hendo does not play or train normally with us, so that is a decision between Gareth and Hendo, but I think there is definitely a chance. Unfortunately not for us but for England. ‘
Virgil van Dijk took out the euro with the Netherlands this summer to focus on his rehabilitation
Klopp added: ‘Hendo isn’t out yet. Hendo has not trained with the team yet, but it will probably be around the last week that he will have a chance to train with us, but he will have been away too long to play for us.
He would be completely fit and what probably really makes it different from any other English player, maybe Declan Rice too, is that he would be well rested.
Because the problem all managers have right now is that any injury you get right now is likely to be a season ending problem, even if it’s not a serious injury.
But if the tournament doesn’t get too far after, it could threaten the tournament or a possible final coming up. That means that Hendo is rested and is well prepared for the euros if everything works according to plan. He’s not sure about that. ‘