Klopp confirms Liverpool duo could miss Bournemouth clash + offers Gomez update

By on February 5, 2019

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Jürgen Klopp has confirmed Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum remain doubts for Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Bournemouth at Anfield.

Henderson was fully expected to keep his place in the middle of the park against West Ham last night having played the full ninety minutes in each of Liverpool’s previous four league games heading to the London Stadium.

Wijnaldum was also tipped to retain his place against the Hammers having made his return from a minor knee problem during the 1-1 draw with Leicester City at Anfield last Wednesday night.

However, Henderson was ruled out of the West Ham game after picking up a muscle problem in training while Wijnaldum also sat out the match in London after aggravating his knee complaint.

Speaking after the disappointing 1-1 draw, Klopp told reporters that it was a blow to lose both players ahead of the game and he has no idea how long the midfield duo will be on the sidelines for.

Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com:

“Gini and Hendo, both would’ve played and then they cannot play. That’s not too cool, I don’t know how long it will take,”

“That’s the situation, that was always clear. It’s a long season and you have to deal with the situation.”

The midfielders will need to be assessed over the coming days but they are now considered doubts for Liverpool’s crucial clash with Bournemouth at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.

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Klopp also provided an update on Joe Gomez after the defender underwent surgery on Monday having struggled to overcome a fractured leg that’s kept him on the sidelines since early December.

The Liverpool boss admits it’s a blow to lose Gomez for longer than expected but it seems like the procedure was a success so Klopp’s confident the centre-back will be back stronger than ever – although he refused to disclose how long he’d be out for.

Klopp continued:

“Yes [it’s a blow for him] but now he had the surgery already and now he is on the way back, that’s how it is.

“It was an important one and a good one [and] all the signs now are positive, so now we know round about when he will be back, but that’s not for the moment.”

Gomez has been a huge miss for Liverpool in recent weeks so the Merseysiders will be desperate for him to make a quick recovery and play a significant part in their run-in as they look to win their first league title in 28 years.

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