Liverpool captain Henderson out for 3 weeks

Tanya Simon
February 22, 2020

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is a doubt for the Premier League title run-in and Champions League round of 16 second leg after coach Jurgen Klopp confirmed he is out for three weeks because of injury.

Liverpool's Champions League last-16 first-leg defeat on Tuesday was just their third loss of the season in all competitions and their first since their youth side was beaten by Aston Villa in the League Cup in December.

Liverpool will face West Ham in their next encounter followed by Watford before a much-anticipated clash against Chelsea.

"Hendo, it could have been worse. How we all know, it was a hamstring", said the manager.

"We heard of different hamstring injuries now around in the Premier League - Harry Kane, for example". "I don't think we lost how it feels when we won a few games, but now we lost the difference is massive, it's much more than three points. It's not that bad, around three weeks, which is not cool, but we are still lucky".

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As for Henderson's absence opening up opportunities for other midfielders such as Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita and James Milner, Klopp said: "Hopefully nothing else happens, to be honest". But we still have options there and that's good.

"It's a position where we can react, so we will react". (West Ham) weren't outplayed like you would expect when City is on the pitch. It wasn't like anybody said, "yeah but we are here in the league" or whatever.

"So yes, we want to put things right, even when it's a different competition". It's from sunshine to hardest rain. But the thing is... to get the other feeling back... the feeling of how a win feels.

"It's Monday night, we need a really good atmosphere again and not kind of this perception that you go there and think, "OK, 1-0 after seven minutes, 2-0 after 25 and then it's easy-going". The situation they created before half-time with eight players around the ref, pushing him in that direction - I did not believe we could finish the game with 11 players if I kept him on the pitch.

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