By Matt Farr
Liverpool will be without captain Jordan Henderson for the upcoming Merseyside derby showdown with Everton on Saturday, according to a report.
The Liverpool Echo have revealed that the 26-year-0ld has not yet fully recovered from a foot injury which has kept him out for the last five weeks.
Henderson’s continued battle to return to full fitness is expected to see him sit out of the heavyweight tie with rivals Everton, providing Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp with another shattering selection blow.
Liverpool are already without midfield star Adam Lallana, who returned from international duty with England this week with a knock.
It has been reported that the 28-year-old will spend the next month on the sidelines with a thigh injury.
Klopp is now expected to call upon some of the club’s hottest academy talent to fill the void left by his two senior stars, with Ben Woodburn having already been tipped to earn a starting role.
The Liverpool chief had hoped that Henderson would be back in contention to face Everton, but he did not train with the squad on Thursday due to his ongoing fitness concerns.
A win for the home side will see them do the double over Everton this season, having beaten their rivals at Goodison Park in December.
It will also do wonders for Liverpool’s bid to finish in the Premier League’s top four, with Klopp’s side currently fourth in the table.
On the other hand, a defeat could see Liverpool forfeit their precious four-point lead over Manchester United, whilst also allowing Everton and Arsenal to close the gap.
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