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Klopp unsure whether Henderson will wear full kit like suspended John Terry did in 2012 for Champions League final

Last Updated: 10/07/20 11:16pm

Jurgen Klopp says Jordan Henderson deserves to lift the trophy despite his injury

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists Jordan Henderson has to have the honour of lifting the Premier League trophy out of respect for his contribution to the club.

The England midfielder’s season has been ended by a knee injury sustained in Wednesday’s win at Brighton, but he will not require surgery.

The plan is for him to be on the podium to celebrate the club’s first title in 30 years at the final home match against Chelsea later this month, capping a phenomenal 13 months where he has lifted the Champions League and Club World Cup trophies.

On Friday, Henderson marked five years since he succeeded Steven Gerrard as club captain and Klopp believes the midfielder deserves the recognition, even though whether that he dons full kit such as a suspended John Terry did for Chelsea’s Champions League final festivities in 2012 has not been decided.

“Get him out of the tracksuit? I don’t know yet, we will do everything that is possible to do it the right way. He is absolutely one of the great captains of this club,” said the Reds boss.

It's been five years since Henderson took the armband from Steven Gerrard

It’s been five years since Henderson took the armband from Steven Gerrard

“I have no idea what will function as rule. If you are not in the starting line-up – which will be difficult for Hendo – i quickly don’t know what we will do.

“We really thought – for the role that he played the final years now – that he deserves to be for the reason that spot at that time (when Liverpool lift the trophy).

“If he’d have had surgery then he could have been in hospital and it could have been difficult, but no surgery is required, rehab starts immediately, that he will be fine and in a couple weeks training and playing again.

“So we will find a solution that shows the respect definitely for what he did.

“All the boys want that by the way. They all want him to be there and which was one of the first things I heard soon after we won the league.

“Virgil (Van Dijk) told Hendo ‘The shuffle, you are able to do the shuffle again’ (referring to Henderson’s now trademark little dance with his feet immediately ahead of the trophy lift).

“I am not sure if he is able to do the shuffle now but that is the biggest problem.”

Henderson is set to come back stronger, writing on Instagram: “Of course it’s not the way in which I’d have preferred to own finished the growing season on an individual level.

“I’m sure the lads will ensure we finish the season off on a higher.”

Liverpool host Burnley on Saturday looking to extend their unbeaten home league run, which stretches back again to April 2017, to 58 matches.

They have a 100 per cent record at Anfield this season and therefore are aiming to end up being the first team since Brentford (21 out of 21) in Division 3 North in 1929-30 to win every home league game of a season.

The last team to attain the feat in the top flight was Sunderland, who won all 13 in 1891-92.

There are other records to chase because the Reds – currently on 92 points – have Manchester City’s 100-point tally in their sights, while on the individual front Mohamed Salah is looking for a third successive Golden Boot, sitting three behind current Premier League leader Jamie Vardy.

Mohamed Salah has scored 17 Premier League goals this season

Mohamed Salah has scored 17 Premier League goals this year

Salah needs only one goal to become the first Liverpool player since Roger Hunt in 1965-66 – and only the fourth in the club’s history – to join up 20 league goals in three successive seasons.

The Egyptian has scored 73 goals and made 27 assists in 104 league appearances for Liverpool.

“Mo now, of course, come on. The numbers are absolutely crazy,” added Klopp.

“Involved in 100 goals since he is here, 73 and 27, it’s just outstanding. World-class numbers. Nobody should be surprised any more.”

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