Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that captain Jordan Henderson and Joel Matip are now pain-free following their recoveries from knee and toe injuries respectively, but they have yet to return to team training.
The Reds boss is predicting that both players should be available for the first league game of the season against Leeds next month or at least in the first few weeks of the new campaign.
Supporters on Twitter are glad that both Henderson and Matip will be back soon, although some are frustrated that they won’t be back earlier:
— Farouk (@Farouk78692) August 21, 2020
Community shield we won’t have anyone
— Stacey Peaks LFC (@PeaksLfc) August 21, 2020
Yes the fella’s I love Joel y’know can’t wait for big hendo to be back 😊🙏🏼🔴⚪️
— Connagh.∃.Stokes⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@ConnaghEStokes) August 21, 2020
Then Matip gets injured before end of September again!
— Ayan Chakraborty (@ayanc_99) August 21, 2020
Matip spends half the season on the treatment table
— Lord Vader (@nmrbutch) August 21, 2020
I am worried about the next season 😬
— Haneen (@HaneenAgha2) August 21, 2020
Matip needs to be #1 next to Van Dijk next season
— Fabrizio Romano💭 (@sym136770) August 21, 2020
Henderson’s knee injury was unfortunate, but there shouldn’t be any issues once he returns to full fitness. There will be more concern over Matip who has spent so many months on the sidelines due to injury since moving to Anfield.
Especially after Dejan Lovren was sold to Zenit St Petersburg, it will be even more important that the Cameroon international stays fit next season.