Liverpool hoping Jordan Henderson and Andy Robertson will be fit for key Leicester clash after both players suffered setbacks during the international break to add further strain to Jurgen Klopp’s injury list
- Liverpool duo Jordan Henderson and Andy Robertson were injured last week
- Henderson pulled out of England’s 2-0 loss to Belgium on Sunday at half-time
- Robertson skipped Scotland’s loss in Slovakia but could play in Israel on Tuesday
- Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League champions already have a lengthy injury list
Liverpool are hoping that Jordan Henderson and Andy Robertson will be available for Sunday’s crucial clash with Leicester City to prevent their injury list from getting bigger.
Both players suffered injury worries on international duty last week as Henderson limped out of England’s loss to Belgium while Robertson skipped Scotland’s defeat in Slovakia.
Henderson withdrew from the England squad on Monday while Robertson’s chances of making Sunday’s top-of-the-table clash has been boosted by his inclusion in the travelling squad for Scotland’s Nations League game with Israel on Wednesday.
Liverpool are hopeful that Andy Roberston (L) and Jordan Henderson (R) will be fit for Leicester
Robertson (above) pulled out of Scotland’s loss to Slovakia due to an injury precaution
Scotland boss Steve Clarke revealed this week: ‘Andy was probably a little bit worse than the rest (for the Slovakia game), which is why I left him out. It would have been too big a risk.
‘But he’s coming to Israel so we’ll assess him over there and hopefully get him on the pitch. That would be good as we’d like our captain on the pitch.’
According to the Liverpool Echo, Liverpool will be hoping that Henderson dropping out of the England squad is just a precaution and should be able to make the Leicester match.
Liverpool captain Henderson was withdrawn at half time of England’s 2-0 loss to Belgium
Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League champions already have an extensive injury list to contend with following several setbacks for key players over the past four weeks.
The Reds have lost central defensive duo Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez to potentially season-ending knee injuries, with the latter sustaining the blow on England duty last week.
This leaves Klopp with Joel Matip, who has endured fitness woes of his own in recent weeks, as the only recognised senior centre-back option at the club.
Youngsters Nathaniel Phillips and Rhys Williams are vying for the other spot in the middle of the backline.
Liverpool’s long injury list include long-term set backs for Virgil van Dijk (L) and Joe Gomez (R)
Furthermore, right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold is set to miss between three and four weeks of action after sustaining a hamstring injury in Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Manchester City earlier this month.
Liverpool also have concerns for midfield duo Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara. The Brazilian picked up a hamstring injury last month and pulled out of November’s international fixtures with his country.
Thiago, meanwhile, has been missing since last month’s Merseyside Derby draw with Everton but has since returned to training and could feature after the international break.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (middle) and Fabinho (on floor) have both been hit with injury woes
Thiago Alcantara (left) and Mo Salah (right) are both doubts but they could return in time
Star forward Mohamed Salah tested positive for coronavirus last week just days after attending his brother’s wedding in Cairo where footage showed him failing to socially distance from other guests.
Salah’s availability for the Leicester City match depends on the outcome of a third coronavirus test in Egypt on Thursday, which the Egyptian FA strongly believe he will test negative for.
The 28-year-old has already tested positive in two separate tests over the past week and has missed his country African Nations Cup qualifiers.
Liverpool host league leaders Leicester on Sunday sitting in third place in the Premier League table, though victory would see Klopp’s side leapfrog their opponents.
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