Klopp sweats on Henderson as captain is forced off with knee injury
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson suffered an injury scare as his side edged closer to a record-breaking finish to their title campaign.
Henderson sustained a knee problem in the final stages of the 3-1 victory over Brighton, returning to Merseyside with his squad for further medical assessment.
Manager Jurgen Klopp said it was unclear whether the problem was serious, but there was clearly some concern. Although Liverpool have only four fixtures left, they will not want to lose any key play
ers while pushing for 100 points, or ahead of the preparations for their title defence given the swift turnaround before next season. “I do not know. I did not see the situation on the pitch, but I know it probably will not be nothing,” said Klopp.
Mohamed Salah edged closer to a third consecutive Premier League golden boot with two goals, and then claimed his assists record was too often overlooked.
Salah has 19 goals for the season, three behind Jamie Vardy at the top of the list. He also contributed his ninth assist for Jordan Henderson’s strike. “I don’t know why [it gets overlooked]. I have a good number since I came here. The people always look at me as a goalscorer more than assists but in my position I think I am doing well,” said Salah. “I am looking for the next one. Let’s take it game by game.”
Klopp was told Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have been responsible for 250 goals during his reign. “That is exceptional. Imagine where I would be if these boys did not play for me! Wow. Imagine our situation minus 250 goals.”
Brighton coach Graham Potter felt his side competed well, but hastened their downfall with early errors. “We played well over the game, especially after going two down in the manner we did,” he said. “They smelt blood because we gifted them two goals. There are positives and things to learn.”
Asked if his side had been naive, he added: “It is my responsibility. Our decision making can improve but we wanted to be brave against the best. The overall response was good. We were in the game and fighting. Lesser teams would have crumbled and we didn’t.”
First strike: Mohamed Salah beats Lewis Dunk’s lunge for Liverpool’s early opener