Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool boss won't deny Jordan Henderson or Virgil van Dijk chance to play at Euros

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 Sky Sports Premier League; kick-off is 8pm

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says it is still early to talk about a return for Jordan Henderson and Virgil van Dijk

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, live on Sky Sports.

"I have no idea about the Euros. Nothing has changed. They are where they should be at the moment.

"If they are ready then they are ready. They are in a rehab process."

Klopp says Henderson will return to training "in the next days and weeks" but he has "no idea" whether he will have enough time to regain his fitness in time for international selection.

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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 issues rallying call in final bid for a top-four finish

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says his players have to give all they can with their sights still set on a top-four finish and success in the Champions League

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."

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Highlights from Liverpool's win against Wolves in the Premier League before the international break

Klopp: Jones knows he didn't behave correctly

Meanwhile, Klopp will speak to midfielder Curtis Jones about the red card he received while away on international duty with the England U21s.

Jones was sent off shortly after the Young Lions' 2-1 win against Croatia on Wednesday when a mass brawl broke out.

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Image: Curtis Jones suffered heartbreak with the England U21s

The 20-year-old had appeared set to send England through to the knockout stages by giving his country a 2-0 lead before an injury-time strike from Domagoj Bradaric saw Aidy Boothroyd's team knocked out of the Euros at the group stage on goal difference.

"You don't want to see these things on the pitch after the game," Klopp said.

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"We all know, in the moment when you lose a game - it meant a lot to the boys and it meant a lot to Curtis.

"He played a really good game, he was maybe the best player on the pitch, I saw the full game - saw his goal and the other things that he did.

"He was really in the game and then you lose a game, if the other team wouldn't have done anything, I'm sure Curtis wouldn't have reacted. There were some words or signs or whatever.

"Still, Curtis didn't behave right in that moment, he knows that. If you ask him if he'd do that again, he'd say no.

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A bloodied-nosed Curtis Jones was left angered at full-time as he clashed with the celebrating Croatia U21 players after the Young Lions were knocked out

"But he did it, but that's it. As far as I know, it was not that bad - let me say it like this. It's okay - I will speak to him.

"The only thing you can do about the mistakes you make in life is to learn from it and he will."

Redknapp: Liverpool's season can still end in glory

Liverpool's remaining Premier League fixtures this season

Date Home Away
Saturday, April 3 Arsenal Live on Sky Sports
Saturday, April 10 Aston Villa Live on Sky Sports
Monday, April 19 Leeds Live on Sky Sports
Saturday, April 24 Newcastle
Saturday, May 1* Manchester United
Saturday, May 8* Southampton
Tuesday, May 11* West Brom
Saturday, May 15* Burnley
Sunday, May 23 Crystal Palace
* Date subject to change

Liverpool have so far had a season to forget, with their Premier League title defence collapsing amid injuries to key players and unprecedented results at Anfield.

But Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp says their season can still end with success.

"It's a massive week for Liverpool. At the start of the year, we'd expect them to be in this position in the Champions League, but we certainly wouldn't have expected them to be in this position in the Premier League.

"It's been a really tough season for them - but it can be a season that ends in glory.

"They have a fantastic opportunity to not just win a trophy but also get in the top four. They are still in a great position in the Champions League, where they're playing against a Real Madrid team that aren't the same that they were years ago. There's so much to play for there."

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