Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson should not have been playing on an artificial pitch for England in their World Cup qualifier against Lithuania on Sunday, according to Jürgen Klopp.
The Reds boss was not happy that his captain was selected for a match that was meaningless for England as they had already qualified for the World Cup.
Henderson has sustained a number of heel injuries in the last 18 months and Klopp was relieved to see the skipper come through without any injury issues.
“I was not happy that Jordan Henderson was playing on an artificial pitch against Lithuania after his injury issues in the past.”
Klopp also provided an injury update on defender Dejan Lovren, who revealed he had only been able to play for Liverpool before the international break by taking a number of painkillers.
“We had to manage him, that’s true. He had back problems, they lead to groin problems.
“If we would come out every day and tell when the players have pain but are still training, you cannot imagine how often that would be.
That’s why we have a big medical department and they are always working with the players. Sometimes it makes them available and sometimes not.
“Yes, it’s true he couldn’t train and that’s why he didn’t play the first game for Croatia. We told him and the Croatian FA that it would really make sense if they left him out of the first game because he needed a few days’ rest. In this moment it looks like that was enough, but we couldn’t give him that rest in that moment.
“It was no problem yesterday, it was no problem the day before yesterday. I don’t know how it will be in a few days, but in the moment everything is good.”
Liverpool will be without Sadio Mané for the foreseeable future after he sustained a hamstring injury whilst on international duty with Senegal.
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Supporters will be relieved to hear that Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino should be fine to play against Manchester United on Saturday after they only returned to Merseyside from Brazil on Thursday.
“The club did everything to bring them back and worked together with other clubs for the South American boys.
“They had a comfortable flight home. I know because I saw the price! They should be okay.”
There was also an interesting line on Mohamed Salah from Klopp, with the Egyptian still beaming from an incredible week which saw him send his country through to the World Cup for the first time in 18 years with a dramatic last minute penalty.
Roberto Firmino has been on penalty duty in recent weeks but Klopp hinted on Friday that Salah would now be the teams preferred penalty taker.
“Did anybody see the video of the celebrations? I’ve never seen celebrations like this after 1-0!
“What I will say is in this moment he is our number one penalty taker! The pressure he was under was unbelievable.”