Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson was substituted at half-time during the Reds’ Champions League clash against Midtjylland as a precaution following a knock to the ankle in the first half.
The England international was taken off at the interval and replaced by Gini Wijnaldum in a surprising move by Jurgen Klopp.
The German had already been forced into one substitution as Fabinho – who was filling in at centre-back in the absence of Virgil van Dijk – came off with a hamstring strain after just 27 minutes.
Liverpool are already without Van Dijk, Joel Matip, Thiago Alcantara and Naby Kieta at this moment in time and Klopp confirmed after the 2-0 victory that Henderson was replaced as a precautionary measure with West Ham to come on the weekend at Anfield.
‘At half-time we have to change. We had to. Hendo is fine and he wanted to stay on the pitch but I had to show a little bit of responsibility,’ Klopp told BeIN Sports.
In a later interview with BT Sport, Klopp confirmed that Henderson will be fit to face West Ham on Saturday.
‘Hendo told me at half-time that he was fine, but we had to work in two halves,’ said Klopp.
‘He should be ready for West Ham’.
However, Klopp will be concerned with his side’s medical record as they face rivals Manchester City in ten days’ time at the Etihad.