Jurgen Klopp says “it’s not down to me” to decide whether Jordan Henderson and Virgil van Dijk will feature at this summer’s Euros; watch Arsenal vs Liverpool on Saturday from 7.45pm on Premier League; kick-off is 8pm.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he will not deny Jordan Henderson or Virgil van Dijk the chance to represent England or the Netherlands respectively at Euro 2020 this summer if they prove their fitness.
Henderson underwent groin surgery in February after the defeat to Everton at Anfield, while Van Dijk was ruled out of the rest of the club season with an ACL injury sustained in the reverse Merseyside derby fixture in October.
England manager Gareth Southgate claimed he will have to make a last-minute decision over whether the Liverpool captain can feature for his country after he was unable to call upon the midfielder during last month’s international break.
“I don’t want to take a player away from England or Holland, if they’re ready, they’re ready. It’s not down to me to make these decisions,” said Klopp, in his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday’s Premier League trip to Arsenal.
“I have no idea about the Euros. Nothing has changed. They are where they should be at the moment.
Asked if there was a timescale on Henderson’s return, “No, not really,” the German said.
“He is not here in the moment, he cannot train, but he will train in the next days and weeks for sure.
“The problem is, I’m not a doctor, so it’s just about time. Will it be enough? I have no idea, but I hope so.
Klopp says Liverpool, who sit seventh and five points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea in the Premier League, “will go for it” as they seek to make a late push for a top-four finish.
Liverpool also have a Champions League quarter-final against Real Madrid to come, with the first leg in Spain on Tuesday.
“It is always a challenge for teams after the international break, with players coming back from their countries having played different systems and different match plans,” said Klopp.
“We have one session to bring it all together again and that’s a challenge but we are used to it.
“There is no guarantee it works but we will go for it. Whoever plays away at Arsenal should not expect to have the points already.
“We know whatever we want for the rest of the season we can only get it if we win football games, and the first one is tomorrow night at Arsenal.