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Henderson Ruled Out as Liverpool Return Home

Henderson Ruled Out as Liverpool Return Home Photo: TT
Jordan Henderson of Liverpool FC during the UEFA Champions League match, round of 16 first leg, between Atletico de Madrid and Liverpool

Jordan Henderson will miss Liverpool’s English Premier League match with West Ham United on Monday but boss Jurgen Klopp remains unfazed.

The Premier League leaders entertain the struggling Hammers at Anfield, looking to restore their 22-point lead at the summit.

Liverpool will be eager to get back to winning ways after losing 1-0 away to Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League last 16 on Tuesday.

Henderson injured his hamstring in the Atletico defeat, meaning Klopp will need a re-shuffle.

“We still have options there and that’s good,” Klopp said.

“It’s a chance of course, a chance for all of them. But there would have been a chance anyway, Hendo wouldn’t have played all the games from now until the end of the season.

“It’s a position where we can react so we will react.”

The German said given the length between matches he wouldn’t be forced into any other changes as the Reds return to Anfield for the first time since their under-strength side beat Shrewsbury 1-0 in the FA Cup.

“I must say it’s fantastic to be back,” Klopp said.

“We come into this after contrasting results - having won at Norwich by a single goal and lost in Madrid by the identical margin.

“In many ways both those games and both those results illustrates how hard we have to keep working if we want to achieve things. It didn’t feel to us that we played worse in the game we lost - maybe at times we played better.

“But at the level we live at now, games are close and so competitive and the line between being in a dressing room with the result you want and the opposite feeling is very narrow.”

Liverpool’s invincible season remains on track with 25 wins and one draw from 26 league matches.

West Ham are currently in the drop zone, winless in their past five league matches under David Moyes.

Ben somerford
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