Jurgen Klopp has given Liverpool fans a slither of hope to cling onto regarding Jordan Henderson’s injury situation, suggesting that the midfielder may yet return this season.
The Anfield captain suffered knee ligament damage during Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Borussia Dortmund on Thursday and the general fear, when the news was announced yesterday, was that he would be missing until the 2016/17 campaign.
That scenario would obviously put a huge dent in England’s Euro 2016 ambitions, as well as make life much harder for Liverpool as they attempt to qualify for European football next season via a league finish.
And yet, though Klopp did admit Henderson’s issue was serious, there may be light on the horizon. The German coach, as per BT Sport, has revealed that he believes there is a chance Henderson could yet feature for England this summer, however small that may be.
Klopp remains positive
"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.
"For us he's a very very important player, getting better and better and better, and obviously he's been playing for England too.
"So that's not a final judgement or whatever that you can say, 'No, there's no chance'. There is a chance.
"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."
It’s far from confirming the extremely unlikely, but at the very least Klopp’s verdict will allow fans to carry just a little optimism moving forward. Henderson has grown into a good asset in the middle of the park in the past two years - his inclusion would certainly benefit the England squad.
Should he go?
Yet there remains a potential debate about whether or not Roy Hodgson would, or rather should, be inclined to take him anyway.
If Henderson recovers in time for selection he will travel to France rusty and out of practice, and that’s presuming he will be fully fit to play tournament football anyway.
Liverpool fans, England fans, what do you think? Will Henderson make a recovery in time for the Euros? Leave thoughts in the box below.