29 Mar 2017

Disaster for Klopp: After Lallana, 'brilliant' €60m Liverpool duo set to miss Everton game

With Adam Lallana already ruled out of Saturday's Merseyside Derby, it looks increasingly like Liverpool will be without the services of two of the club's other senior players.

According to the Liverpool Echo:

"Jordan Henderson has not yet trained outside, making a start against Everton most unlikely. Daniel Sturridge is in a similar boat, with his troublesome hip not yet sufficiently recovered to allow him into team training".

Henderson hasn't played since February 11th, and after 6 weeks out already, plus more time on the sidelines until he's able to start actual training, it may be the end of April/early May before the captain returns to the starting lineup.

Like Lallana - whose scheduled to return with just three games Premier League games remaining - there's also a possibility that Hendo's season could be over. It'll take time to get back up to full match fitness, and at this stage of the season, time is one thing he doesn't have.

As for 'brilliant' Sturridge - he's a lost cause at this stage. Sturridge hasn't played since February 4th, and given his injury/recovery history, he'll probably need more time than Henderson to get fully match-fit. Then, even when he returns, he'll probably get injured again (!)

I'm calling it now: Sturridge will never start a game for Liverpool again. He'll be injured until the summer, and then Klopp will sell him off (which, unfortunately, is the right decision).

So: Liverpool without Lallana, Hendo, and Sturridge; Coutinho and Firmino knackered after travelling thousands of miles, and Liverpool's first-choice central defensive partnership hasn't played together for weeks.

Everton boss Ronald Koeman will be rubbing his hands with glee...but history suggests that Liverpool will probably still win.

* Hendo: Described by Klopp as 'brilliant'. Sturridge/Hendo: Combined €60m value (CIES Football Observatory)


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