Liverpool prospect Andy Robertson and Jordan Henderson to be fit for Leicester clash


Liverpool are cautiously optimistic about receiving much needed good news amid their injury nightmare. The Reds are hopeful that Andy Robertson and Jordan Henderson will be available this weekend, despite issues that forced the duo to withdraw from international matches on Sunday.

Henderson was substituted at half-time in England’s loss to Belgium at Leven, with a back problem that raised fears of a long-term absence for the Anfield skipper.

But those fears have eased, though Henderson was sent back to Liverpool as a precaution after returning to London with the England squad on Monday.

Liverpool hope Henderson and Robertson will be fit

Robertson suffered a hamstring problem after Scotland’s epic European Championship play-off victory over Serbia, and was not in his country’s squad this weekend.

But traveled with the Scottish squad to Israel, is expected to train with the squad on Tuesday and may even face Israel on Wednesday.

This is good news for Liverpool, who have already lost three of their four recognized full-backs to injury, with center-halfs Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez potentially out for the season.

Trent Alexander-Arnold could also be out for another fortnight with a calf problem.

But if Henderson and Robertson are available for the visit to Anfield from Leicester on Sunday, manager Jurgen Klopp may have options.

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It was an extremely interesting start to the season for Jurgen Klopp’s men.

They started their title defense precariously by edging out a seven-goal thriller against Leeds, before conceding seven in a hammering from Aston Villa.

Virgil van Dijk’s season ended with injury in the 2-2 draw at Everton, leaving the title favorites looking a lot less secure at the back – especially with Alisson’s injury worries as well.

But there’s no slowing down in what is going to be a busy campaign – Klopp making sure his men keep going at full speed as they try to win more titles.

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Fabinho is expected to be back in training this week and he can play in the center half to cover the missing duo alongside Joel Matip, who trained normally last week after returning from an ankle injury.

Thiago is also expected to resume training shortly.

Klopp will, however, be without Mohamed Salah, who is currently in quarantine in Egypt after contracting coronavirus.

He could return to England on Thursday if he returns a negative test, but Premier League protocols mean he will not be available for the Leicester game, even if he is negative.

Anfield flew their flags at half mast on Monday, following news of the death of one of the club’s most famous sons over the weekend.

Ray Clemence is considered the greatest goalkeeper in Liverpool history having won five league titles, three European Cups, two UEFA Cups, one FA Cup and one League Cup in 665 appearances for the club.

The Reds will remember Clémence just before kickoff on Sunday, with an announcement and a minute of appreciation.

Goalkeeper Clemence is fourth on Liverpool’s all-time list of appearances, and player topping that list, Ian Callaghan, paid particular tribute when he said:

“Clem was the best goalkeeper who has ever played for Liverpool in my opinion. Certainly, when I was there, without a doubt.

“He was a fantastic goalie and a lovely guy. He’s had some health issues, but you’d never find out with Clem because he’s always been an optimist. “


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