Jurgen Klopp comments on Jordan Henderson's fitness, managing Daniel Sturridge, transfers and remaining games

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp addressed the media ahead of his side's clash with Chelsea at Anfield tomorrow night.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had some positive fitness news regarding Jordan Henderson who is now back training but not yet with the team after being sidelined because of a knee injury he picked up in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final with Borussia Dortmund last month, but said he will definitely be fit to participate in England's Euro 2016 campaign.

He told his pre-match press conference, as reported by the Liverpool Echo: "Yesterday Hendo was on the pitch, not with the team. Only running and passing. But he looks good. We'll take it step by step.

"It's a short time before the Europa League final but 100% he will be fit for the Euros in France."

Klopp also updated on the fitness of Daniel Sturridge and offered an explanation as to how the forward was being managed after a torrid time with injuries prior to his latest run in the side.

He added: “About Daniel Sturridge I am pretty sure (he will be fit). Not everyone liked what we did with Daniel, but he could improve in all parts of physical fitness. Now he is in good shape. It’s high level first to last minute.”

Klopp was then asked about the side's progress going forward and he seemed pretty keen not to get ahead of himself in terms of expectations for next term after some positives emerging from his reign so far - notably managing to guide the club to two cup finals. 

He added: "We will try everything to build on the base we've created this year. Where it will end I have no idea. We will improve.

“I will not give you a time or date when I’m sure Liverpool are champions.”

There does not appear to be much to fight for in the final two games of the season but Klopp seems determined to finish higher than the eighth place that Liverpool currently occupy, and said that he would still be confident of his side's ability to win the Europa League final even if they lost both of their remaining league games.

"If we lose the next two games I'll still go to Basel confident but I'll feel better if we win," he said. "Sevilla made 11 changes. We can't do this.

"What I would prefer is that we won the next two games and we’re on the way back to Liverpool with the cup."

With the season coming to an end, Klopp said he is thinking about transfers but would not be drawn on any of them, and said tomorrow's game would have no influence on the business that is done in the window.

He added: “Of course we think about transfers. But 99% of things in newspapers is not true - not all newspapers sorry! You cannot believe how often it’s not true.”

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