Jordan Henderson has been in great form for Liverpool (Getty Images) Jurgen Klopp has insisted that Jordan Henderson’s ankle injury which forced him off late on in Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Chelsea at Anfield is not serious. The 28-year-old has been in excellent form for club and country over the past few weeks and provided
Jurgen Klopp has insisted that Jordan Henderson’s ankle injury which forced him off late on in Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Chelsea at Anfield is not serious.
The 28-year-old has been in excellent form for club and country over the past few weeks and provided a moment of inspiration for Liverpool’s breakthrough against Chelsea by assisting Sadio Mane’s opening goal.
Henderson also registered a goal and assist during Liverpool’s 3-1 comeback victory over Southampton last weekend and is showing his leadership with some inspired performances from an advanced midfield role.
There was concern, therefore, when he had to be replaced by James Milner 13 minutes from the end of the game, however, Klopp was quick to play down the severity of the problem saying his captain was fine after the final whistle.
‘He got a knock on his ankle, that’s pretty much all. He was fine after the game,’ Klopp confirmed.
‘A bit of pain, no problem, [he] didn’t twist [it]. It’s only painful, not a problem.’
Over the past couple of seasons, Henderson has predominantly been deployed as Liverpool’s deepest midfielder in front of the back four but in recent games he has been shifted into a box-to-box role with Fabinho assuming the defensive midfield position.
Following Henderson’s inspirational display off the bench against Southampton, Klopp said ‘sorry’ to the England international for restricting his game by asking him to play in a more disciplined position.
Liverpool’s victory over Chelsea was an important one as it lifted them two points above Manchester City into first place in the Premier League table, although Pep Guardiola’s side have a game in hand.