Liverpool Team News: Klopp Offers Origi Latest But Henderson Unlikely To Start
Jurgen Klopp has given an update on the fitness of Divock Origi while there is the latest on Jordan Henderson’s chances of starting against Sevilla.
Liverpool will be looking to bring home the Europa League trophy when they take on holders Sevilla at the St Jakob-Park in Basel on Wednesday night.
Ahead of the game, Jurgen Klopp has been speaking to the media at his pre-match press conference this afternoon and he’s given Liverpoolfc.com an update on the fitness of Divock Origi.
The Belgian international has been on the sidelines for a month after suffering an ankle ligament injury during Liverpool’s 4-0 win over Everton at Anfield last month.
The striker was initially expected to be out for the rest of the season but he was able to return to training last week having made a swift recovery and he’s now working hard to try and prove his fitness ahead of tomorrow night’s final.
Klopp says Origi has done well in his last two training sessions but he’ll wait until after tonight’s final session before he makes a decision over the strikers involvement against Sevilla.
When asked for an update on Origi’s situation, Klopp is quoted as saying by the clubs website:
“We will see. We had another session and he did well in the last two sessions.
“The training after the press conference, you can watch it – unfortunately, so that means we can do nothing – and we will see how it feels and make a decision about this.”
Origi was in fine form before picking up his untimely injury having netted five goals in as many games and he played a key role in helping the Reds overcome Borussia Dortmund in the quarter finals, so Klopp will no doubt be desperate for the striker to prove his fitness at their final training session this evening.
Another player who’s recently returned from injury is Jordan Henderson with the Reds skipper coming off the bench to play the final half hour during Liverpool’s 1-1 draw at West Brom on Sunday afternoon.
The midfielder had been on the sidelines for a month with a knee injury that he picked up during the first leg of their quarter final against Dortmund and Henderson has admitted he doesn’t expect to start in the final but he’ll play for as long as the manager wants him to.
Henderson is quoted as saying by the Liverpool Echo:
“I don’t expect to start. I know I’ve been out a long time and I’ve only played 25-30 minutes, and when I’ve been injured the teams had won very well and played in some big games to get to the final.
“At the same time, I feel good and hopefully have been okay in training and in the game the other day. I’m ready to play as long or as little as the manager wants me to.
“The injury has been good. In the last few weeks it has progressed really well, I’ve trained a few times and managed at the weekend.
“I don’t know the team. We will probably only find out a few hours before the game as always.
“It’s a huge night for everybody involved and every single player wants to play in it.”
If Klopp decides against risking Henderson from the start against Sevilla then vice-captain James Milner is expected to lead the side out and continue alongside Emre Can in the middle of the park.
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