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Spurs: Antonio Conte dealt a blow ahead of Liverpool clash

Tottenham Hotspur have been dealt a huge blow ahead of their Premier League meeting with Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.

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Speaking in his pre-match press conference on Friday (via Liverpool Echo), Jurgen Klopp revealed that Jordan Henderson – who missed the Reds’ Champions League win over Napoli in midweek due to a knee injury – is now available for the trip to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this weekend.

Regarding the fitness of the England midfielder, the German said: “Henderson is available, he trained [on Thursday] as normal. He had a little thing but serious enough not to be involved on Tuesday.”

Huge blow for Spurs

Considering how important Henderson is to Liverpool, the news that the 32-year-old will be available for selection against Spurs on Sunday is undoubtedly a huge blow for Antonio Conte and his side, especially considering the recent struggles of Fabinho in the middle of the park.

Indeed, over his 11 Premier League appearances so far this season, the Liverpool captain has been a rock in central midfield, creating three big chances for his team-mates in addition to averaging 0.8 interceptions, 0.8 tackles, 37.9 passes and 3.1 long balls and winning 1.7 duels (at a success rate of 56%) per game.

These returns have seen the £22m-rated talent average a very respectable SofaScore match rating of 6.98, currently ranking him as Klopp’s ninth-best performer in the top flight.

The £140k-per-week midfielder has also caught the eye over his three Champions League outings this term, providing one assist and creating one big chance for his team-mates, along with averaging 0.7 interceptions, two tackles, 46.7 passes and 2.7 long balls and winning 2.3 duels (at a success rate of 58%) per fixture.

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These returns have seen the England international average a simply sensational SofaScore match rating of 7.17, ranking him as Liverpool’s joint seventh-best player in Europe’s most prestigious club competition.

As such, it is evident to see just how pivotal a part of the Reds midfield Henderson has been, with his return to fitness for the trip to Tottenham most certainly coming as a huge blow to Conte’s chances of taking all three points from the clash on Sunday afternoon.