Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admits concern about Daniel Sturridge injury
Jurgen Klopp delivers the latest Liverpool injury update concerning striker Daniel Sturridge
Jurgen Klopp has refused to put a date on Daniel Sturridge’s possible return from injury as Liverpool prepare to host Crystal Palace at Anfield on Sunday.
The 26-year-old England international missed most of last season with a hip injury and underwent surgery in the United States to correct the problem.
However, the striker picked up a knee injury earlier this season and has been out of action since October for Liverpool.
And although Klopp is hopeful that Sturridge will be back available for selection sooner rather than later, the Liverpool boss admits that the Reds cannot afford to rush him back too soon.
Klopp told a news conference on Saturday: “I think Studge will be back soon – but soon is relative and I actually don’t know.
“He hasn’t returned as fast as we thought he would, but we cannot put pressure on him.
“All I can say is that at this moment he is training outside again after four weeks. So of course he needs time so that we can bring him back to good shape.
“Once he starts training properly, I will talk about when Daniel can play. At the moment it is like he has had another summer break. He needs to train hard before I can really talk about him playing.”
Sturridge has scored two goals in three Premier League appearances for Liverpool so far this season.
Liverpool take on Palace at Anfield looking to build on their thrilling 3-1 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last weekend in the Premier League.