Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Jordan Henderson has suffered a serious injury, although he has not written off the midfielder returning in time for the end of the season.
The 25-year-old was taken off at half-time of the 1-1 draw with Borussia Dortmund on Thursday, having taken a knock, and he underwent a scan on Friday which revealed the damage.
Henderson had picked up an injury to his knee ligament, and although it does not require surgery, the midfielder is set to be out for roughly eight weeks.
This would keep him out until the end of the season, and means that Henderson is a doubt for the European Championship this summer, but Klopp has admitted that he could be back in time for an England call-up.
Speaking ahead of Liverpool’s game against Stoke, the German boss said: “It (Henderson’s injury) is serious, but it’s not that serious that there’s no hope for us for maybe the last one or two games, and of course there’s hope for the European Championships.
“We will do everything for him, for us, that he’s back in the race as soon as possible. That’s it, I can’t say more. We also have to wait for how each day and see how he does.”
Losing Henderson is a big blow for Klopp, who has used the Englishman frequently since he was appointed head coach.
He will have to play the rest of the campaign without him, but the 48-year-old confirmed that both Lucas Leiva and Kevin Stewart are back fit and ready to replace Henderson.
“Lucas is back and could play yesterday for 45 minutes in a test game against Burnley,” Klopp added.
“Kevin Stewart could also play 45 minutes in this game. That’s what they needed, so we’ll have to make a decision.
“These two players are back and that’s very important for us. We have to make a decision about the line-up, about system and a lot of things, but in the end we will have players in this position for sure.”