Jurgen Klopp Confirms Jordan Henderson Will Miss Arsenal Tie With Thiago Poised To Start

Jurgen Klopp Confirms Jordan Henderson Will Miss Arsenal Tie With Thiago Poised To Start

The Reds captain was substituted with a thigh injury during the victory over Chelsea last weekend – and manager Klopp confirmed he will miss Monday night’s clash.

Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Jordan Henderson will miss Liverpool’s Monday night clash with Arsenal with a thigh injury.

Henderson was substituted at half-time during the 2-0 win over Chelsea last weekend but Klopp had been hopeful the club captain would return in time for the visit of Arsenal.

Elsewhere, the Reds boss has been sweating over the fitness of centre-back Joe Gomez, who missed the trip to Stamford Bridge with a minor knee injury.

Addressing the media on Friday, Klopp provided an update on Henderson and Gomez, as well as long-term absentee Joel Matip.

“Joe (Gomez) should be back today in training, that’s what everyone has told me,” said Klopp.

“Billy the kid is back in training. Joel (Matip) not. Hendo not yet, this game is for sure too early.”

Henderson’s absence may hand an opportunity to Thiago Alcantara to make his first Liverpool start after sealing his £20million transfer from Bayern Munich last week.

The midfielder shone after coming off the bench for the second half against Chelsea and Klopp said he was “in contention” to start against the Gunners.

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Henderson was substituted midway through the victory at Chelsea (Image: 2020 Liverpool FC)

The German added: “We will see. We have a few days to train. Some boys have to recover from last night. I have an idea but don’t need to make a decision yet.”

Klopp also hailed midfielder Naby Keita, who has struggled to achieve regular first-team minutes in recent seasons but started Liverpool’s opening Premier League matches against Leeds and Chelsea.

“Naby is doing really well,” said Klopp. “He started well and then I started coaching him and he got worse!

“But seriously, he had injuries and he had to learn the language but is doing really well now. Everything is fine.”

Liverpool welcome Arsenal to Anfield for an 8pm kick-off on Monday before facing the Gunners again just three days later in the Carabao Cup fourth round.

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