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Jordan Henderson says he respects the decisions of Troy Deeney and N’Golo Kante not to return to Premier League training, but added that those who have decided to return should be respected as well.

The Liverpool captain has joined up with the rest of the Reds squad this week after Premier League clubs were given the go-ahead to return to training in small groups in a bid to restart the sport following the coronavirus outbreak.

The vast majority of players have been back at their training grounds this week, but some have opted to stay away and seek more assurances about their safety.

Watford captain Deeney has been outspoken on his refusal to train with the rest of his teammates, while Chelsea have allowed Kante to stay away due to his personal fears.

Henderson says he understands the decision that Kante and others have taken (Image: PA)

The pair are not alone in expressing their concerns, and Henderson says he would back a Liverpool player who said similar. “I fully respect their opinion and their decision to do that,” he told Sky Sports

“I think everybody is in a different situation with their family and at home. Ultimately, if you don’t feel comfortable or safe, you shouldn’t feel forced or pressured to come into work.

“I fully respect the lads that don’t feel comfortable as of yet, and I hope that they respect my opinion and that of the other players who have come back.


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“Everybody’s situation is different but ultimately, for me, I feel very safe here at the training ground, otherwise I wouldn’t be here. My teammates as well. “I can only really speak for us, but I fully respect people in different situations who don’t feel comfortable.

“If any of my teammates felt like that, I would fully support them and back them until they felt it was right to come back.”


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