Klopp delivers injury update on Liverpool senior trio after Sunderland clash
By Will Butcher
Jurgen Klopp has revealed that captain Jordan Henderson is likely to miss Liverpool’s FA Cup third-round tie against Plymouth on Sunday.
The 26-year-old ace is still nursing a heel injury, while Daniel Sturridge and James Milner are also doubts for the clash after picking up knocks during the 2-2 draw against Sunderland.
Speaking after the disappointing draw against David Moyes’ side, Klopp told Liverpool’s official website that he was positive over injury-prone striker Sturridge’s ankle knock.
“[Sturridge] got a knock on his right ankle. I don’t think it’s too bad,” Klopp said.
“[Milner] got a knock on the calf, but he didn’t know exactly if he got a knock. That’s why we made a change. I don’t know exactly how long Henderson will be out, the FA Cup will be difficult.”
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Liverpool failed to secure three points against Moyes’ struggling Sunderland side despite taking the lead twice through Sturridge and Africa Cup of Nations-bound attacker Sadio Mane.
Two Jermaine Defoe penalties pegged back the Merseyside giants who are now five points behind league leaders Chelsea with Conte’s men set to face Tottenham on Wednesday.
Sturridge and Milner could now join their captain on the sidelines. Henderson missed the clash against Sunderland as he continues his recovery after being substituted in the 1-0 win over Manchester City.
If the duo do join Henderson in missing the clash against League Two side Plymouth, then they could make their return in the semi-final of the EFL Cup against Southampton on January 11.
Klopp will be hoping that all three return to fitness before Liverpool’s huge grudge match against Manchester United on January 15.
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