Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Jordan Henderson’s latest injury layoff could, in fact, be good news for Liverpool.
Speaking at his press conference ahead of Tuesday’s Capital One Cup semifinal first-leg clash with Stoke City, Klopp was optimistic about Henderson’s prognosis.
The German explained that his skipper’s setback may even have relieved that troublesome pressure in his heel — though he warned it may take time to draw such a conclusion.
“We don’t really know because we have to wait each day, each hour, each minute,” Klopp said. “The thing that happened with the tendon in the foot, it’s good. It’s painful but it’s good.
“We hope that when the blood is out of the foot then the situation is solved, but in this moment there is blood around the heel so it’s not possible to train or to play. We hope it’s not serious and we don’t have to wait, because we cannot do more. He’s having treatment and everything we can do to bring the blood out of the foot, we are doing.
“But we cannot rush more. It’s time we need.”
Klopp also confirmed striker Daniel Sturridge will miss out on the clash at the Britannia Stadium.
The No. 15 has, in the manager’s words, been working through a “mini preseason” in recent weeks but he will only be considered for a comeback once he has completed a number of consecutive training sessions.
“Maybe you have the feeling that we trained now for three weeks with Daniel and say every day, ‘more, more, more, more’, and every day he’s fitter and fitter and in the end I say, ‘No, I wait’,” the boss added. “It’s not like this. Daniel had some problems in these weeks, not serious, but then he could not make the next session and we had to wait a day or something like this.
“In this moment, because he didn’t have one session with the team, which was the usual plan for this week, he’s not available. What we are trying to do now is to fill his body with energy and strength and everything, that’s what we have to do.
“It would be easy for me to say, ‘Come on, let’s try. We have problems, we don’t score enough goals, bring him and let’s see what happens,’ but that’s where we have to be patient. We have to wait.”
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