Klopp gives Henderson update ahead of ‘rock solid’ Inter clash

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Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson puts in a meaty tackle

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists Jordan Henderson “is fine” after picking up an injury in their match against Burnley at the weekend.

Henderson was taken off on 59 minutes in a 1-0 victory over Sean Dyche’s side on Sunday after being in discomfort.

Thiago Alcantara replaced the England international after a poor performance which saw him end the game with stats of just 50% passing accuracy after giving the ball away 24 times.

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And now Klopp insists the “wound” he picked up against Burnley won’t impact his availability to play against Inter Milan on Wednesday evening.

Klopp said: “He got a knock on his knee [against Burnley] and today was the second day of recovery for a lot of players like him.

“So it wasn’t the longest session for him but apart from that he is fine. During the game he was not comfortable and it was a wound but he is fine.”

On the difference between playing Burnley and Inter Milan, Klopp added: “The difference is massive between Burnley and Inter in some parts, but in other parts, not so much because it is still a football game. If we are dominant, Inter will defend pretty compact but I’m pretty sure it won’t be as windy or rainy as it was in Burnley so that will make a difference.

“Inter are a top class team with top class players and a top class manager. They look really rock solid they have creativity on the pitch and they are very well-drilled.

“Individual quality is big and that is the Champions League. We have to show a to class performance to even have a chance.”

Speaking about the return of Sadio Mane and Mo Salah from Africa Cup of Nations duty, Klopp continued: “It helps we have options for different situations and that is what we try to use. We need fresh legs for this game and it gives us a massive boost in a really tough period of the year.

“The boys have to deal with it too as if I have more opportunities to make changes it means I cannot always play the same line up.

“Both boys [Mane and Salah] do not drink alcohol so it is not a problem, as if you celebrate a big win it can affect recovery time. They both recovered extremely quickly. For Mo, he was back in a few days but for Sadio it was a week as he had some celebrations in between.”