Liverpool ‘optimistic’ injured star will return for Leicester

Liverpool are ‘optimistic’ that Jordan Henderson will return.

The midfielder was sent home from England duty after suffering an injury last week, but club officials may be able to get him back to fitness.

Liverpool are ‘optimistic’ that Jordan Henderson will be available to play against Leicester, wrote the Echo, although the report did state that he wasn’t certain to be included in the match squad.

Paul Gorst wrote: “The Reds skipper was assessed by the club’s staff on Tuesday and will continue to be until the game.

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“There is optimism from inside the Liverpool camp, it is understood, but he is by no means guaranteed to be included.”

This would definitely be a massive boost for Jurgen Klopp, who is looking a little thin on the ground in regards to his options in midfield. Thiago and Fabinho are still a little doubtful, which would have left Gini Wijnaldum and Naby Keita as the only recognised options.

Curtis Jones can, and has, played in midfield but he hasn’t featured there much in the Premier League – making the majority of his minutes in the Champions League.

Having Henderson back will be a massive bonus. Not only does he drive the team forward with his formidable work ethic, he’s also a tremendous leader and without van Dijk in the team that’s incredibly important.

But he’s more than just a ranter and a shouter. With a fine passing range and ability to pick out one of the front three, Henderson plays a vital part of the side moving forward.

As well as Henderson, Rhys Williams will also be assessed before the game on Sunday – as will Neco Williams. Both the Williams’ picked up knocks when they were on international duty with England and Wales – Rhys with the U21s, Neco the full Welsh outfit.

Mohamed Salah will definitely miss the game, which is a little rude considering the Egyptian FA gave us hope that he’ll be available earlier in the week.

However, Salah has now returned three positive COVID-19 tests and will definitely miss the Leicester game.