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Liverpool manager Klopp explains omitting Henderson for Southampton

Jurgen Klopp has explained his decision to rest Jordan Henderson for last Sunday's victory over Southampton.

The Liverpool captain remained at Melwood while his team cruised to a 2-0 victory over the south coast club.

Henderson is now fit and ready to face Porto in the last-16 of the Champions League in Portugal on Wednesday night.

Klopp said: "It was a difficult decision to rest him against Southampton, especially because we flew on the day of the game and anything can happen.

"We had Ben [Woodburn] in the pocket, if you want. We were in the hotel for one hour and the Doc came to me and said I had to go into the room to see Emre because he has stomach problems… 'What!?' I didn't feel too good in this moment! But everything went well and it was OK.

"It was good for Hendo so he could do a few really important things at Melwood. In this game, at 2-0 up, we could have played him for the last 20-25 minutes, but then it's not exactly what we need. He could train properly and it was better for him."

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