Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is a doubt for his side’s clash against Leeds United at Anfield next weekend.
Henderson, 30, missed out on getting into the England squad for the current round of international fixtures and also sat out of Liverpool’s 7-2 friendly win against Blackpool on Saturday due to a knee injury.
The former Sunderland midfielder missed the final few matches of last season due to the injury but Jurgen Klopp is hopeful he might be involved to play against Leeds next Saturday.
“Obviously Hendo was desperate to play a few minutes today (against Blackpool) as well, but it makes no real sense because he had to do an important session today for him,” Klopp told Liverpool’s official website on Saturday.
“If he would have played today, 10 minutes or so would have probably been OK. But that makes no sense. So that was not possible, but he trained in big parts of this week and will probably join full team training next Tuesday.
“Timing-wise, not perfect that he cannot play today, but can train a few days later fully. But that’s how it is.
“We will see how he develops, [there are] a few days until Leeds, how the boys come back from the national teams. A lot of open questions still, but a few hopefully we can answer today.”
Let’s face it, Liverpool are still going to be one of the most difficult opponents Leeds can play on the opening day of the season – with or without their captain.
Henderson was nominated to win the PFA Player of the Year award earlier this week after an outstanding campaign at Anfield which finished with him being the first Liverpool captain to lift the Premier League trophy.
Liverpool and Leeds both have similar seasons last time out.
Both won their respective division and both achieved historic feats after many years of hurt.
But there is still a massive gulf between Liverpool and Leeds – even the most hardened of Leeds fans will admit that.
Klopp is still likely to have Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold at his disposal for the clash on Merseyside next weekend.
Let’s just hope that we can catch them on an odd off-day.
Although that is definitely clutching at straws.
In other Leeds United news, the Whites have moved on two players without making a formal announcement.