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Liverpool captain ruled out for up to eight weeks

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson's Euro 2016 hopes appear to have been ended by a knee injury which has ruled him out for up to eight weeks.

Henderson suffered the injury in Dortmund. Credit: PA

Press Association Sport understands the 25-year-old damaged the lateral collateral ligament (LCL) in his left knee during Thursday's 1-1 Europa League quarter-final first-leg draw in Dortmund.

Henderson underwent a scan in Liverpool following the team's return to Merseyside on Friday lunchtime to determine the extent of the injury.

While there is some positive news for the player in that it is an LCL problem and not a cruciate ligament, which is far more serious, and there is limited damage, it is still likely to sideline him for six to eight weeks - a typical LCL injury can often require three months' recovery.

However, Henderson will not require surgery, just treatment and rehabilitation. England coach Roy Hodgson will name his Euro 2016 squad in less than five weeks' time on May 12, three days before the end of the Premier League season, with their first warm-up against Turkey on May 22.

Even in a best-case scenario, Henderson would only be close to a return by that later date but severely lacking in match fitness and it would represent a major gamble on Hodgson's part to pick the midfielder, one it seems he is highly unlikely to take.

Liverpool manager pleased he isn't in North Korea

Klopp has played down the hype ahead of his return to Dortmund. Credit: PA

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp may not be entirely comfortable with the attention he has received on his return to his former club but he admits he would rather be in Dortmund than North Korea.

The 48-year-old German goes back to the club he left in May after seven years of success at Borussia Dortmund and the focus on his 'homecoming' has been intense.

More than 20 television crews, twice as many photographers and about 100 journalists were present to hear him give his first press conference.

He said:

A lot has been said ahead of this match but it is easy for me as I just have friends here. It is better to be here than, I don't know, North Korea or something.I don't think about my situation for not one second. We got here early so I had 20 minutes to catch up with old friends - it would have been daft not to have that chance. Tomorrow is different, we are focused on the game. If Dortmund score I won't celebrate for sure but I never plan if I am going to celebrate.

– Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

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