Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is predicting an imminent return to first-team action following three months out with heel and foot injuries. The England international has not played since August's Premier League win over AFC Bournemouth after breaking his fifth metatarsal in training while still recovering from a heel problem.
The blows have forced the 25-year-old to miss the Reds' last 17 matches, including Jurgen Klopp's entire reign in charge since succeeding Brendan Rodgers in October. Starting with the Europa League visit of Bordeaux on 26 November, the club face 10 games in the space of 32 days, and Henderson is preparing to hand the Merseysiders a huge injury boost.
"I have been out for a pretty long time, the longest I have been injured for really so it has been tough but hopefully I am not too far away now," he told Sky Sports. "I hope [I am back in a Liverpool shirt soon]. I am not sure on a time limit yet but I hope it is pretty soon because I am sick of sitting in the stand and watching.
Klopp has begun his tenure at Liverpool in impressive fashion, with victories recorded at Chelsea and Manchester City, where the club claimed a 4-1 win on Saturday. Though Henderson has been forced to watch from the sidelines, the ex-Sunderland midfielder has been impressed with the German boss and believes his side can continue to improve.
"I thought the lads were outstanding from start to finish," said Henderson. "Hopefully that can set a standard for us for the rest of the season. That shows how well we can play and we just need the consistency and to keep playing with the freedom that we did on Saturday. The manager has made a big impact and he's been fantastic for Liverpool and for the Premier League. Hopefully we can keep learning from him and improving."