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Henderson and Van Dijk given return hope that Klopp won't like

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Virgil van Dijk and Jordan Henderson could have just been given a boost in their reported efforts to at this summer's postponed European Championships.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted he doesn't expect to see Van Dijk return to action before pre-season, though is remaining tight-lipped on Henderson's own recovery.



The Dutchman hasn't featured for Liverpool since injuring his ACL against Everton back in October, while the Liverpool captain is yet to return to training after undergoing groin surgery in February.



But by increasing this number to 26, it could allow De Boer or England boss Gareth Southgate to take a gamble on Van Dijk or Henderson even if they're not 100% fit ahead of the tournament, knowing they'll both have enough cover for the Liverpool duo as they continue to get up to speed ahead of potentially featuring in the latter-stages.



It is not the first time Klopp has played down expectations for a swift Van Dijk return, though he previously admitted he will not prevent his players from representing their countries if they prove their fitness.

While it remains to be seen if Henderson or Van Dijk will return to full training before the season ends next month, the duo have been handed a lifeline to be included in their respective nations' squad for the summer tournament after UEFA confirmed managers will be allowed to name an increased squad of 26 for this summer's tournament.

A 23-man squad traditionally grants national managers the ability to name a starting XI with back-up for each player as well as a third-choice goalkeeper.
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