‘It made us chuckle’ – Liverpool captain Henderson laughs off Alisson and Robertson fight rumours

The Reds skipper was left bemused by suggestions of a bust-up between team mates after the 3-1 defeat at Leicester on Saturday

Jordan Henderson has laughed off suggestions of a dressing room bust-up between Alisson Becker and Andy Robertson after Liverpool’s defeat at Leicester on Saturday.

It has been a weekend for rumours on Merseyside, with claims that Jurgen Klopp was ready to quit as manager following the Reds’ recent slump.

Klopp himself dismissed those stories emphatically on Monday at the press conference to preview his side’s Champions League last 16 first leg tie against RB Leipzig, and Henderson was similarly dismissive of rumours that Liverpool’s players had fallen out with each other after the 3-1 loss at the King Power Stadium. 

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What was said?

Asked about the rumours, Henderson said: “I don’t think I even need to comment on something like that. Someone is sitting behind a keyboard making up rumours about the manager or the dressing room. It doesn’t need me to say anything. Not true.

“I quite liked the one where Robbo and Ali were having a fight, though. That made us chuckle. It was a rumour. No truth in any of them.”

Was anything else said at Monday’s press conference?

Klopp confirmed that Naby Keita would not travel to Budapest for Tuesday’s game. The Guinea international was pictured in training at Kirkby on Monday morning, but the game will come too soon as he recovers fully from the hamstring injury which has kept him out since December.

Ben Davies and Divock Origi, though, should return to the squad having missed the defeat to Leicester with minor muscle issues. 

Fabinho and James Milner will miss out, and are doubts for Saturday’s Merseyside derby with Everton at Anfield.

Why is the Leipzig game being played in Budapest?

The game has been switched due to the travel ban imposed by the German government on arrivals from the United Kingdom. Liverpool applied to authorities for the right to enter Germany in order to play the game, but the federal police rejected their request.

As a consequence, under UEFA’s rules, RB Leipzig were forced to find an alternative venue or else they risked handing the Reds a 3-0 forfeit victory.

It now appears increasingly likely that the second leg, scheduled for March 10 at Anfield, will also need to be moved with the German government informing Leipzig that they would need to quarantine upon their return amid concerns over new strains of coronavirus which are prevalent in the UK.

Liverpool, sources have told Goal, are already considering alternative venues, although the quarantine advice from the German government is due to be reviewed on March 5 – just five days before the game is to take place.

Were the government to relax the restrictions, then Leipzig would be able to travel and play the game as normal, but that appears unlikely at this stage.

Further Reading

Klopp dismisses rumours he will quit Liverpool

Nagelsmann expects strong Liverpool showing

How Liverpool’s ‘champions of everything’ unravelled

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