By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Jordan Henderson could still play for Liverpool again this season, according to Jurgen Klopp.
Sources close to the club ruled the midfielder out for the rest of the campaign after a scan on Friday showed he had suffered knee ligament damage in Thursday’s Europa League draw against Borussia Dortmund.
With the timeframe for recovery estimated at between six weeks and three months, hopes that Henderson could play any part for club or country again this season appeared over.
But Klopp delivered an optimistic verdict when he faced the media on Saturday afternoon ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash against Stoke.
“It’s serious but it’s not that serious that there is no hope,” said Klopp, as quoted by the Mirror website. “He could make the last two games and there is hope for the European Championships.
“He is a very important player for us and England but there is no final judgement yet. We will do everything for him that he is back as soon as possible.
“We fought for him in Dortmund because he picked up this injury fighting for us.”
Henderson was substituted at half-time in Germany after landing awkwardly on his knee in the opening period of the 1-1 draw.
He will not require surgery, only a period of rest and recovery, and Klopp’s assessment could be key to whether Henderson can force his way into England’s Euro 2016 squad.
It is unclear whether Klopp meant Henderson could play in the final two league matches of Liverpool’s campaign – against Chelsea on 11 May and West Brom on 15 May – or whether he included the Europa League final on 18 May in his calculations.
In other Liverpool injury news, Lucas Leiva is set to come into contention to play in Sunday’s Premier League clash against Stoke after six weeks on the sidelines.