Jordan Henderson admits he does not expect to start for Liverpool in Europa League final

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The Reds captain has just 26 minutes of competitive football to his name in the last six weeks.

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has told reporters, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo, that he does not expect to be restored to Jurgen Klopp's starting XI for the Europa League final against Sevilla on Saturday.

The Reds captain suffered a knee injury in the quarter-final first-leg clash at Borussia Dortmund on 7 April, and only made his comeback as a substitute in Sunday's final-day draw with West Bromwich Albion.

In Henderson's absence, James Milner has captained the side to the incredible comeback win over Dortmund in the second leg, plus a semi-final victory over Villarreal, whilst the club lost just one of their last eight Premier League fixtures.

The 25-year-old England international told reporters that his recovery has progressed well and that he feels he is ready to play for as long as Klopp sees fit, but admitted that he does not expect to walk back into the starting XI for his club's biggest game of the season.

Henderson said, as quoted by the Echo: "The injury is good. I've progressed really well, trained and managed to play 25-30 minutes. I feel good, and will play as long as the boss wants me to.

"We don’t know [the team] yet, we will probably find out a few hours before the game. I don’t expect to start. I’ve been out a long time, I’ve only played 30 mins, and the team has done very well to reach the final. But at the same time I feel good. I hope I’ve been ok in training, and I’m ready to play as long or as little as the manager wants."

Having finished eighth in the Premier League, success against defending champions Sevilla tomorrow night is Liverpool's only chance of playing European football next season.

Victory over the Spanish side, who have won the competition in each of the last two years, would see Klopp's side boasting a return to Champions League football next season.

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