Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Jordan Henderson's injury is serious, but admitted the midfielder could return for the final two fixtures and backed his captain to make it into the England squad for the summer's European championship. The 25-year-old was replaced after the first half as he picked up a knock during his side's 1-1 draw against Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of the Europa League clash.
There were concerns whether he would be included for Euro 2016 after after Liverpool confirmed via their official website that the scan results show isolated damage to Henderson's lateral collateral ligament. However, the former Dortmund manager has played down those suggestions and hopes the midfielder would be in contention for a place in England's squad for the upcoming tournament in France.
"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," Klopp said, as reported by talkSPORT.
"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."
Kevin Stewart and Cameron Brannagan were in contention for a place in the first team for their clash against Stoke City on 10 April. Klopp has already identified a replacement for Henderson until the end of the season after confirming Lucas Leiva and Stewart are in contention for a place in the starting lineup.
"Lucas is back and could play yesterday for 45 minutes in a test game against Burnley," the Liverpool manager explained.
"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," he added.