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Klopp 'sorry' for playing Liverpool's Henderson out of position

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp apologised to midfielder Jordan Henderson after the Reds' Champions League win over Porto last night. Credit: PA

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp apologised to midfielder Jordan Henderson after the Reds' Champions League win over Porto last night.

Henderson, who was used in a more advanced midfield role yesterday evening, was a standout performer at Anfield in the first-leg.

Klopp was quick to praise Henderson's display and admitted that he has been asking the England international to play out of position for well over a season.

“Hendo’s a brilliant player, I’m really happy that he can show that again. He likes the position obviously," said Klopp

"It was my fault that for one-and-a-half years he played as a number six. Sorry for that!

“But we needed him there. It was a really good performance.”

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Henderson and Keita missing for Liverpool's trip to Arsenal

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is again be without key midfielders Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita for the trip to Arsenal.

However, both are set to return to training in the next couple of days but are not likely to be available until next weekend.

"Hendo probably the start of (next) week will be in training," said Klopp. "Naby is the end of this week, which doesn't make a big difference match-wise but that's how it looks."

Klopp also addressed the issue of forward Mohamed Salah wearing strapping on his wrist in training.

"Mo is nothing really serious, it is an inflammation of the tendon and it's pretty much protection, it has no influence."

Liverpool captain Henderson signs new long-term deal

Henderson was instrumental in England's run to the World Cup semi-final. Credit: PA

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has signed a new long-term contract with the club.

The 28-year-old moved to Anfield in the summer of 2011 and has made 283 appearances since, assuming the captaincy from Steven Gerrard in 2015.

"It doesn't seem like too long ago when I signed my first one - it feels like yesterday, really - but a lot has happened since then," Henderson told liverpoolfc.com.

"I feel it's been a progressive journey for me throughout my time here and one I've enjoyed so much.

"There is no other place in the world I would rather play football. I want to be here for as long as I can be.

"I'm so privileged to have been a part of this club for so long, and hopefully even longer now."

Henderson's England selection leaves Klopp unhappy

Klopp isn't happy over England's selection of Jordan Henderson. Credit: PA

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp put himself on a collision course with Gareth Southgate after criticising the England boss' handling of Jordan Henderson.

The German was unhappy his captain played the full 90 minutes in both their recent qualifying matches, particularly the game against Lithuania on an artificial pitch with their World Cup place already secured.

Over the past year Henderson has had to cope with a troublesome heel problem which saw him miss the final three months of last season.

"England played a friendly game on an artificial surface - it was a qualification game but they had already qualified - and I was not happy that Hendo was on the pitch to be honest with all the problems he's had in the past," said Klopp.

"It made no sense. We cannot be involved in this. They all make their own decisions.

"No manager of a national team asked me so far before a game 'How would you line up?'.

"We watch it, we wait until they come back and we take what we get."

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