Jürgen Klopp: "Good news on Jordan Henderson and Mamadou Sakho returns"

Jürgen Klopp gave positive updates on the fitness of Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson and defender Mamadou Sakho in his pre-match press conference on Thursday afternoon.

The Reds take on Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium this weekend and though the duo are unavailable, Klopp insisted the two are progressing well in their recoveries.

Henderson hasn't played under the German and has been injured since mid-August with a heel injury, before a broken foot on his first day back in training kept him out for a further two months.  

And Sakho joined him on the sidelines after being withdrawn with a knee injury before half-time in Liverpool's loss to Crystal Palace prior to the international break.

But Klopp is confident that the two will be back available soon with their injury list regularly increasing.

Klopp: "Henderson and Sakho soon to re-join the squad"

He told reporters that Henderson is in a "really good way" despite having yet to return to full first-team training, and is likely to partake in "parts of team training" next week - but insisted the club will monitor his progress. 

On the French defender, Klopp added that his situation is "good news." It had been initially proposed that Sakho would spend up to two months out, but the boss said it is "not that serious" as first thought. 

Klopp was reluctant to name a specific date, joking that reporters can "ask every day" but vowed that it won't be as late as Christmas 2016 - explaining that it's "good news" because it's "not too serious" and his return is more likely to be "between now and 2016."  

The 48-year-old also had good news to deliver on the returns of James Milner and Kolo Toure, who will be back in the squad to take on their former side, with Jordon Ibe also in contention. 

But teenage midfielder Jordan Rossiter isn't yet available, with Klopp saying that his return isn't too far away.  

He added that the 18-year-old "will start on Sunday with normal team training" after finishing his rehabilitation on Friday, as he adds to the options available to the manager.