Klopp sweats on Hen­der­son as cap­tain is forced off with knee in­jury

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Premier League - By Chris Bas­combe

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.”

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