Liverpool fear Henderson faces fitness fight to start next season
Liverpool fear Jordan Henderson may miss the start of next season because of a knee injury he sustained against Brighton and Hove Albion on Wednesday.
Henderson was hurt in the final stages of the 3-1 victory and underwent a scan yesterday. The extent of the injury is not yet known, and manager Jurgen Klopp is likely to clarify the situation at his prematch briefing today. The champions play Burnley tomorrow.
The concern is that the injury might be ligament damage, raising the possibility of a race to be fit for the start of the next campaign in September.
Meanwhile, Liverpool will discover over the next few months how much they must pay Fulham for Harvey Elliott, with the clubs still unable to agree a price for the teenager.
Elliott moved to Anfield a year ago, with Fulham entitled to a transfer fee under the rules of the Elite Player Performance Plan. Liverpool’s valuation was considered well short of the London club’s figure. Earlier this year, Fulham indicated they expected as much as
£7 million for the player, who recently signed his first professional contract at Anfield, having just turned 17. Elliott is already a first-team squad regular under Klopp and is tipped to be a star. His fee will be set by an independent tribunal, which is expected to convene soon. Klopp did not hide his excitement about Elliott’s promise this week. “Harvey is such an exciting prospect,” Klopp said. “I love his attitude, love his enthusiasm, love his bravery, love the fact he has the right amount of football confidence and cheekiness.
“What is critical – so important – is that he is given time and space to develop. He will get that from us. He needs to be allowed to make mistakes while he learns and not feel more pressure than is right and fair.”
Worry: Jordan Henderson injured a knee on Wednesday