Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has played down fears of an ankle injury for Jordan Henderson, insisting that he simply picked up a knock in Sunday's 2-0 win over Chelsea.
The club captain was forced off the field after 77 minutes after picking up a knock on his ankle, and many fans had feared that they could be without the midfielder as they seek to secure the Premier League title.
He said: “He got a knock on his ankle, that’s pretty much all. He was fine after the game. A bit of pain, no problem, [he] didn’t twist [it]. It’s only painful, not a problem.”
The news will certainly come as a relief for Liverpool, who will need their captain throughout the remainder of the season. The Reds travel to Porto on Wednesday in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final, looking to protect their 2-0 lead from the first leg.
Jordan Henderson's game by numbers vs. Chelsea:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) April 14, 2019
84% pass accuracy
2 fouls won
2 chances created
Liverpool's marathon man. 🏃♂️ pic.twitter.com/cBiikErrr2
This season, Henderson has made 36 appearances for the Reds, and the 28-year-old has been in good form as of late, racking up a goal and two assists in his last two league matches. However, his leadership has been vital to the Reds' title challenge, and his determination has often been on show through emotional cries of support for his teammates.
He has lined up alongside Naby Keita and Fabinho in the heart of Liverpool's midfield in the last few games, and Klopp could look to stick with that setup after a string of impressive performances from the trio.