Jordan Henderson is available for selection in Liverpool’s Champions League quarter-final second leg against FC Porto on Wednesday night.

The Reds captain picked up a knock to the ankle during the second half of the weekend win over Chelsea but quickly recovered to join the 21-man squad that travelled to Portugal on Tuesday afternoon.

“Hendo is all fine,” said Jürgen Klopp ahead of the clash at Estadio do Dragao. “We all have knocks and Hendo got a knock, but that would never take him out.”

Joe Gomez and Adam Lallana were also among the players who made the journey, with the former an option again after clocking up an hour for Liverpool U23s on Sunday.

“Absolutely [he looks strong],” explained the manager of Gomez.

“He played right full-back, we need him as this option as well. We all know he played a wonderful season at the centre-half position until his injury, but he can play both and it’s good to have him.

“Adam is back in the travelling squad, we have to say. Because we have two players more, we will see what happens. Usually if nothing happens, it would be a little bit too early.”

Illness ruled Dejan Lovren out of the trip, however, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has remained at Melwood for additional fitness work as his recovery from long-term injury continues.

Andy Robertson is available after sitting out the first leg due to a one-match ban.

Like Robertson, centre-back Pepe and midfielder Hector Herrera missed last week’s game at Anfield due to suspension, but both are free to play for the hosts at the Dragao.

“We have to work for defensive organisation and we are 100 per cent focused and aware of what our opponents are doing,” said Porto coach Sergio Conceicao.

“It is not difficult to analyse Liverpool but it is difficult to counteract because they have so much individual and collective quality.

“We have a two-goal deficit to make up against a very strong team who are quick on the break. Getting the attacking balance right is fundamental.

“The technical team will establish the game plan, then it’s up to the players to put it into action. They are responsible for everything good that has happened so far.”

Last time out

Portimonense 0-3 Porto (April 13): Casillas, Manafa, Pepe, Militao, Telles, Corona, Herrera, Danilo, Brahimi, Marega, Soares.

Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea (April 14): Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Keita, Salah, Mane, Firmino.

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