Very few people expected Liverpool to go into Germany on Thursday and come away with a positive result, let alone concede just a single goal against Borussia Dortmund.
Despite the Reds’ superb effort though, their 1-1 Europa League draw at Signal Iduna Park came at a potentially serious cost.
UPDATE: Jordan Henderson has been ruled out for the remainder of the Premier League season, likely putting his Euro 2016 chances in jeopardy as well. He is officially expected to miss between six to eight weeks.
Midfielder Jordan Henderson was forced out of the match at the halftime interval with a knee injury, making way for Joe Allen. While the England international will undergo scans on Friday to determine the severity, manager Jurgen Klopp believes the 25-year-old could miss significant time for the Reds.
“It is really frustrating about Jordan,” said Klopp. “Each team in the world needs a little bit of luck but it looks like we don’t have it again. We need to wait for the scan and we hope for the best, but it doesn’t look good. I don’t want to speculate but I don’t think it is a small thing. That’s all I can say but we have to wait on the results of the scan.”
Henderson missed significant time for the Reds during the early portion of the season due to a left foot injury, that was later determined to be plantar fasciitis. The discomfort that stems from the injury is not known to be curable.
If Henderson is to miss time for Liverpool down the stretch, it could be a massive blow to the team’s chances of defeating Dortmund in the second leg. The captain has provided stability as a central midfield since the departure of Steven Gerard to MLS last season, including starting 27 matches in all competitions during the current 2015-16 campaign.
Henderson’s summer plans for England could also be in jeopardy as well, with the team completing preparations for June’s European Championship. Replacements like Tottenham duo Eric Dier and Dele Alli, in addition to Leicester City’s Danny Drinkwater could soften the blow, however, Henderson’s experience would be missed.