Jurgen Klopp is hoping Jordan Henderson‘s heel injury isn’t too serious, and is optimistic he can return within two weeks.
The Liverpool captain limped off midway through the 1-0 victory over Manchester City on New Year’s Eve, and was absent for Monday’s clash with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
It is not believed to be related to the heel issues Henderson suffered throughout 2016, but remains a concern for Klopp.
Speaking before the game, Klopp said he was hoping the 26-year-old will be back in 10 days’ time.
“We’ll miss Jordan, but hopefully it’s not that serious,” he explained.
“He’s in a lot of pain in the moment, but maybe in 10 days he can be back.
“Today we still have a really good lineup, especially with Emre.”
Along with Emre Can, who came in at the base of the midfield against Sunderland, Klopp listed Lucas Leiva and Kevin Stewart as options to cover for Henderson’s absence.
If Henderson is out for 10 days, he is likely to miss Sunday’s FA Cup third-round tie at home to Plymouth Argyle, along with the first leg of the League Cup semi-final away to Southampton.
Klopp is typically optimistic regarding injuries, but as highlighted by the continued absence of Joel Matip and Philippe Coutinho, it would be wise to approach Henderson’s injury with caution.
Matip missed his ninth game of the season through injury on Monday afternoon, with the centre-back struggling with a recurring ankle injury.
Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan have excelled in his absence, however, and Klopp will be hoping the likes of Can and Stewart can do the same without Henderson.
It remains to be seen whether Henderson’s injury affects Lucas’ rumoured move to Inter Milan.
The Brazilian was expected to join Inter on loan until the end of the season, with the option to join the Serie A side on a permanent deal in the summer.
However, no deal has been brokered as of yet, and with Liverpool’s longest-serving player likely called upon in the coming weeks, Klopp’s stance over his future could well change.