Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp believes that their star midfielder Jordan Henderson could regain fitness in time to participate in England’s Euro 2020 campaign starting next month.
However, at the same time he has ruled out the possibility of Henderson’s return to Liverpool colours this season.
Henderson has been on the sidelines since February 20 as he picked up a groin injury during their Premier League match against Everton. It later required him surgery to fix the issue and he has been in rehabilitation for 10 weeks since then.
Klopp went on to say that even though Henderson hasn’t trained with them for a long time, he is recovering very well and has a good chance of making it to England’s Euro 2020 squad, provided Gareth Southgate deems him ready for selection.
“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 Klopp.
“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.”
Henderson wanted to be involved in some capacity in Liverpool’s final two matches of the season against Burnley and Crystal Palace but the management has taken the decision of not rushing him back just for a couple of appearances off the bench.
It has also been learnt that Gareth Southgate has been in constant touch with Liverpool’s medical department and he is prepared to give the 30-year-old a fair chance of making it to the national squad. Southgate holds Henderson in high regard and is well aware of the experience and quality he brings with himself.