Jurgen Klopp has provided a fitness update on Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson and says the midfielder’s withdrawal against Midtjylland in midweek was simply a precaution.
Henderson sustained a knock during the Reds’ 2-0 Champions League group stage win over the Danish side on Tuesday night, with fears raised that the England international had joined a growing injury list after he was withdrawn at half-time.
Fabinho had earlier been substituted after sustaining a hamstring problem and joins the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the sidelines, though Klopp has confirmed that there is no issue with Henderson.
Liverpool host in-form West Ham this weekend as they bid to make it five wins from seven league fixtures so far this season, and Klopp suggested Henderson is likely to be involved after revealing he was keen to remain ‘responsible’ with his players during a congested period.
“Henderson doesn’t have a fitness problem. Responsible is the best word for it,” said Klopp at his pre-match press conference.
“I can count the games he’s played and we have to try to get through the period.
“October has been like a December, November is like a December, and December is December. That means it is intense and hectic like a December but every month. So we have to make these decisions.
“The boys are ready to go.”
Liverpool’s options at centre-back remain severely depleted for this weekend’s clash at Anfield, Matip not yet fit to return to the side despite resuming light training.
Van Dijk is likely to miss the majority of the season after undergoing successful surgery on an anterior cruciate knee ligament injury sustained in the Merseyside Derby, leaving teenager Rhys Williams as the favourite to partner Joe Gomez in defence.