Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that both Jordan Henderson and Divock Origi will be considered for selection in this month's Europa League final against holders Sevilla – but only if they can prove their fitness ahead of the final Premier League match of the season at West Bromwich Albion three days earlier. The Reds eased past Villarreal 3-0 in the decisive second leg of their semi-final tie at Anfield, overturning a slender deficit to book their second cup final spot of the season and a first in European competition since 2007.
Henderson was not involved in either contest against the Spanish side, with the captain having been ruled out for between six and eight weeks after sustaining damage to his lateral collateral ligament during the quarter-final trip to Borussia Dortmund. In-form striker Origi also played no part due to an ankle injury brought on by an awful tackle from Everton centre-back Ramiro Funes Mori in the second half of last month's Merseyside derby, although Klopp believes that both players are desperate to be part of the occasion at Basel's St Jakob-Park on Wednesday 18 May.
"I don't know about Hendo. He was celebrating last night, and I saw in his eyes he think he has a chance (of playing in the Europa League final)," he was quoted as saying by the Liverpool Echo at a press conference held prior to the Premier League visit of Watford on Sunday (8 May). "That's the first and most important step.
"Same with Divock Origi. But we will see. I have no idea yet.
The latest moment if you want to play in the final is for the Sunday before. Hopefully we don't have to take any risks."
On his selection plans for Watford, he added: "I've only had a few seconds to think about a line-up for Sunday. There will be a few changes for sure."
Klopp, who claimed there was "no doubt" that Henderson would be fit for Euro 2016, also insisted that Danny Ings will not be rushed back to first-team action. The one-cap England international scored three goals in nine appearances under Brendan Rodgers after leaving relegated Burnley last summer, but later ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament during a training session in October. He finally returned to full training on Wednesday (4 May) after seven months on the sidelines, but it remains to be seen if he will play again this term.
"I'm pretty sure Danny wants to [play]," he added. "He is in training. He has come back after a long way out and then at the highest level. But at this moment it makes no sense as we have all these fit players. If there's a chance I will do it. His time will come 100%. There's always next season."