Liverpool's James Milner hopes to relinquish captain's armband to Jordan Henderson for Europa League final

Milner has led Liverpool to the Europa League final while Jordan Henderson has been recuperating from a knee injury.

Liverpool midfielder James Milner hopes that Jordan Henderson will be fit enough to take the captain's armband from him, and lead the team out for the Europa League final against Sevilla in Basel.

The Reds progressed to the final courtesy of a 3-0 win over Villarreal on the night - overturning a first leg deficit meaning they progressed 3-1 on aggregate thanks to a Bruno Soriano own goal, and strikes from Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana.

Henderson has been absent from the Liverpool side since half-time in the first leg of the quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund where he picked up a knee injury.

Milner, who has led the side in his absence, told the Liverpool Echo: “Hopefully Hendo will have a chance of being fit for the final. If he is then he will captain the team in the final. We'd love him to be back for it.

“If he's not it's always a great honour for me to captain this football club.”

Given comments made by Jurgen Klopp earlier in the week, it is unlikely that Henderson will be fit enough to be in contention for the final, despite making some good progress.

Klopp commented at his pre-match press conference earlier in the week, as reported by Sky Sports saying: "Hendo in a good way for England, not sure about for Liverpool. Not on pitch yet."

Liverpool have put in some impressive performances without their captain subsequent to his injury, so there will be those suggesting that he's perhaps not needed, and it's best for him not to put himself at risk, even if it is a huge occasion. 

Milner went on to acknowledge that Liverpool are going to have to beat another good side in order to win the competition, with Sevilla winners of the past two competitions and something of Europa League specialists. He may be the man lining up in central midfield to help get the better of another Spanish side. 

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