Jurgen Klopp admits Jordan Henderson isn't 100 percent but talks up his importance to Liverpool

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It's clear the Liverpool manager rates his skipper's ability.

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson is not at 100 percent in terms of physical fitness according to his manager Jurgen Klopp, but the German tactician has stressed the importance of having his captain available. 

Henderson's season has been dogged by injury, predominantly because of a persistent heel problem, while he has also had to recover from a broken metatarsal this season.

The Reds' skipper was on the scoresheet for only the second time this season as he started the Reds' fightback from 3-1 down in their 5-4 win over Norwich City.

Speaking to the club's official website, Klopp said: “There's no doubt about the importance of Hendo. He's a brilliant player, I like his style.

“A player like Hendo needs physical fitness, of course he's not at 100 per cent but his mentality helps him and us to keep on working with him because I think a lot of players in the football world would have struggled with the [injury] problems he's had.

“But he's a really fighter and it's very important for us and for the team that he wants to be available for us. Always with everything he can do, he's available. For him it's the early part of the season because he had a long break with his heel injury.

“He's a perfect professional football player and I love his attitude, that's really great for us."

Henderson was substituted during the win at Carrow Road as the club continues to manage his fitness during an important period of fixtures which could see Liverpool reach a cup final when they take on Stoke City in the second leg of their League Cup semi-final tonight, and keep their hopes of another alive when they take on West Ham United in the FA Cup at the weekend. 

For much of his first season as the club's captain, Henderson has had to watch from the sidelines but this is another big week in the context of Liverpool's season, and it is now he has to show himself worthy of the responsibility he was given since the departure of a club legend in Steven Gerrard.

Klopp certainly thinks highly of him as a player, and has spoken about his leadership in the past. This week is a big one for the club captain. Certainly, if Klopp's comments are anything to go by, there is no questioning his desire and will to play. 

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