Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson could return to the team sooner than expected, based on comments of Coach Jurgen Klopp.
The Three Lions star has a heel condition Plantar fasciitis in his left foot that is limiting his return to the set-up.
Henderson has been sidelined since the February victory over Tottenham Hotspur. The player was ruled out for the rest of the season earlier but the recent comments of the German manager hint a possible return before the end of the season.
Klopp confirmed that Henderson should be fully fit for the team’s pre-season fixtures in July but he did not give a specific timeline on his comeback date.
“It’s too early to say. Next season is the latest moment of course but anything can happen. We stay positive because he is strong,” Klopp responded when asked how much time Henderson would require to fully heal.
Klopp said the player needed “the green light” to rejoin the team and that “the start if preseason” was the “latest moment” he is expected in the team.
Several injury crises have affected Liverpool this season; From Philippe Coutinho to Adam Lallana, to Henderson, Daniel Sturridge, Sadio Mane and the rest. It affected their run this season as replacements were not top notch if there were at all.
Henderson could return on time to play for England. The Three Lions have planned games against Scotland and France in June and the Reds skipper could be available. However, the 26-year old might have to sit out the games as Gareth Southgate would likely look at other options.
Liverpool have battled consistency this season. They have risen to the occasion numerous times against top sides but they have also faltered against ‘smaller’ sides as well. They have the advantage over Arsenal and Manchester United in making a top four finish. However, the air of unpredictability that accompanied the team following the arrival of Klopp seems to have left.