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Liverpool will begin their Premier League title defence on September 12 with a game against newly-promoted Leeds United. However, ahead of the opener against Leeds, Jurgen Klopp’s side have few injury concerns.
Jordan Henderson is still recovering from the knee injury that kept him sidelined at the end of the previous season.
Speaking about Henderson after their 7-2 win over Blackpool in a friendly game, Klopp said: “Obviously Hendo was desperate to play a few minutes as well, but it makes no real sense because he had to do an important session today for him.
“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.”
Meanwhile, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is also a doubt as the player picked up a knock to his knee during Liverpool’s pre-season camp in Austria. The midfielder missed the Reds’ Community Shield defeat to Arsenal on August 29.
Speaking about Oxlade-Chamberlain, Klopp said: “Really unfortunate. An unfortunate situation as well; it was a challenge [in training]
“It looks like it is very similar to what Hendo had, which keeps him out for we don’t know for sure exactly how long.
“We have to wait but it is far away from being perfect, of course. It is really hard for him and hard for us, but it is not to change.”
Kostas Tsimikas is another player in doubt as the player has tested positive for COVID 19 while on International duty for Nations League.
As per Express, here are the expected return dates:
Jordan Henderson (knee) – possible return September 12
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee) – unknown return date
Konstantinos Tsimikas (COVID-19) – unknown return date
Xherdan Shaqiri (knock) – unknown return date
source – Express
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