Liverpool Midfielder Returns To Training Ahead Of Manchester City Clash: Big Boost For Klopp?

Adrien Rabiot of Paris Saint-Germain battles for possession with Jordan Henderson of Liverpool during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool at Parc des Princes on November 28, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has returned to full training after missing out on his team’s 2-1 win over Genk in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night due to an illness (via This is Anfield). The Reds manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that both Virgil Van Dijk and Henderson will be fit to face Manchester City this weekend when he said (via, “Virg was for other reasons not here [on Thursday] but he is completely fine. Jordan is completely fine.

“Joel [Matip] is still out, like Shaq and like Clyney. That’s it, probably.”

Henderson Has Been A Key Feature Of The Liverpool Midfield This Season

Henderson’s availability for Sunday’s match versus Pep Guardiola’s men will be a welcome bit of news for anyone associated with the Merseyside club. The Reds skipper made a slow start to this campaign, but he is slowly returning to form and has been improving his plays with each game this season. The Sunderland-born workhorse put in one of his best performances of this campaign against Tottenham Hotspur last month when he equalised and helped his team pull off a come-from-behind win at Anfield.

The 29-year-old has featured in 14 matches for the European champions this term, scoring one goal in the process. Henderson has taken 0.4 shots, played 0.5 key passes and completed 0.4 dribbles per game in the English top-flight. He has also protected the back four quite well having made an average of 1.9 tackles, 1.1 interceptions and 1.0 clearances per match in the top tier of England (stats via whoscored).

What Are The Three Lions Midfielder’s Best Attributes?

Henderson is a multi-purpose midfielder who is always willing to work his socks off for the benefit of his team. He has often been scrutinised for showing a lack of creativity with his passing. However, the English midfielder has excelled at delivering late crosses into the opposition box and has shown in recent matches that he can be a goal threat in the final third as he can make a few well-timed, breakaway runs from midfield.

Henderson Fit To Face Man City: Massive Boost For The Reds?

Henderson’s leadership qualities are second to none, so Jurgen Klopp will be happy to have his captain back for this crucial top of the table clash versus Man City. The 55-time England international tends to raise his game in the high-profile matches so we can expect Klopp to start him on Sunday.

There is no denying that Henderson’s timely return will be a big boost for the Merseyside giants heading into this blockbuster encounter at Merseyside.

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