Liverpool fear Hen­der­son faces fit­ness fight to start next sea­son

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport | Football - By Chris Bas­combe

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

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