Jurgen Klopp explains how Liverpool manage Jordan Henderson's fitness

Henderson was sidelined earlier in the season because of a heel injury which he continues to manage.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has indicated to the Liverpool Echo that his captain Jordan Henderson can play through the pain barrier as he continues to manage an ongoing heel injury.

That particular problem meant he was sidelined from August before a broken metatarsal in training further delayed his return to the side, as he made his first appearance for the Reds under Klopp last month.

Ever since he has been reintegrated into the side and is becoming a big figure within the Liverpool team, and the Reds' boss feels his captain needs some rhythm as well as managing any pain he is going through, and always consults with the club's doctor and physio before making a decision on whether to let Henderson play. 

He is quoted in the Liverpool Echo, saying: “We always talk and always speak to Hendo and it’s up to him. Together we will decide.

“I know he is a player where pain up to seven - no problem.

“We try to give him time but he’s also a player who needs rhythm.

“While everything is okay we say ‘yes it’s okay’ and I think we should give him time to play.

“How much we shall see but we are very interested in having him in the team but it’s not a problem to change some positions for some games.”

Klopp seems to be cautious when it comes to managing his players back to fitness. Henderson himself was phased into the side with a couple of substitute appearances before becoming a regular starter again. 

Another example is Daniel Sturridge, whose well-documented injury problems has led to Klopp holding the striker back from his latest comeback despite the forward saying he is 'ready to go'.

In terms of the odd game that Henderson may sit out, the one that stands out in the coming weeks is the FA Cup third round game against Exeter City, where James Milner should be fit enough to return to action, and maybe Joe Allen could be given an opportunity to impress.

January is a huge month for Liverpool in terms of their top four credentials which starts with a difficult away trip to West Ham, along with huge clashes at Anfield against Arsenal and Manchester United.

Then there are the two legs of the League Cup semi-final to contend with as well as the Reds look to reach their first cup final under Klopp when they take on Stoke City. These are all games that Klopp will want his captain available for.

As he gets fitter, his performances are getting better, and in January regardless of any pain that Henderson may or may not be in, Liverpool could do with their captain continuing to show progress.

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