Jordan Henderson will NOT play for Liverpool again this season but should be available for Euro 2020, reveals Jurgen Klopp, who hails ‘best manager in the world’ Pep Guardiola

13.05.2021

Jordan Henderson will not play for Liverpool again this season, however, Jurgen Klopp says his captain has a chance of being fit for England’s Euro 2020 campaign this summer.

The midfielder has been out since having groin surgery in February sustained during a 2-0 defeat at home to Everton.

Klopp offered reassurance to England fans on Henderson’s fitness

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Klopp offered reassurance to England fans on Henderson’s fitness

A recovery date hasn’t been put forward by Klopp but he believes Henderson will be ready to play for Gareth Southgate’s side if selected.

“Hendo doesn’t play and doesn’t train normally with us so that is a decision between Gareth and Hendo but I think there is a chance for sure,” said the Liverpool manager.

“Unfortunately not for us but for England. Hendo’s not out (of Euro 2020) yet.

“It will probably be around the last week when he will have the chance to train with us but he will have been out too long to play for us.

“He would be completely fit and what makes it really different to all other English players probably, maybe Declan Rice as well, is that he would be properly rested.

Rice, who may partner Henderson in England’s midfield, is also injured with a knee complaint

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Rice, who may partner Henderson in England’s midfield, is also injured with a knee complaint

“Because the problem all the managers have at the moment is any injury you get now is probably a season-ending one, even when it is not a serious injury.

“But with the tournament coming not too far after it it could threaten the tournament or a potential (European) final coming up.

“That means Hendo will be rested and has a proper pre-season for the Euros if everything works to plan. He is not out of that.”

Klopp was speaking ahead of Liverpool’s Premier League clash at the home or arch nemesis Manchester United on Thursday night.

The press conference came a day after the Reds’ status as Premier League champions officially came to an end with the Red Devils’ defeat to Leicester confirming Manchester City as champions.

The German offered his congratulations to City and their boss Pep Guardiola, who he labelled the ‘best manager in the world’.

“It’s a great achievement, congratulations to them,” Klopp added.

“I texted Pep last night and already texted Ilkay [Gundogan] obviously. Really, well done. Very difficult year for the whole world for football teams as well.

Klopp and Guardiola’s rivalry is a very respectful one

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Klopp and Guardiola’s rivalry is a very respectful one

“What they have achieved already is exceptional. Having won the title in the past now it’s now five in 10 years.

“It’s always I think like this when you bring together financial resources and football knowledge then you have a good chance to create something special and that’s obviously the case.

“City has an incredible squad and the best manager in the world. That makes it a good recipe I would say.

“It’s always a joy to play against them because it’s a massive challenge.

“You can beat them but you have to be at your absolute top to beat them. We could do that from time to time but this year obviously not.”