Klopp delivers latest Liverpool injury update ahead of Stoke clash
Jurgen Klopp delivers an injury update on Liverpool duo Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge
Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool must be patient with Jordan Henderson after the midfielder’s injury blow last week.
The Reds captain is unlikely to feature against Stoke City in the League Cup semi-final first-leg clash on Tuesday night after he was forced off in the second half of Liverpool’s 1-0 win at Sunderland last Wednesday.
I’m the first who will pick [Sturridge] when he’s available, when he’s ready for this, I will never hold him back
Klopp has already confirmed that the midfielder had suffered a recurrence of the heel injury that kept Henderson sidelined from August until November.
Speaking at his pre-match media conference on Monday afternoon, Klopp revealed that Henderson’s latest injury lay-off could in fact be good news for the Reds.
“We don’t really know because we have to wait each day, each hour, each minute,” Klopp said.
“The thing that happened with the tendon in the foot, it’s good. It’s painful but it’s good.
“We hope that when the blood is out of the foot then the situation is solved but in this moment there is blood around the heel so it’s not possible to train or to play.
“We hope it’s not serious and we don’t have to wait because we cannot do more. He’s having treatment and, everything we can do to bring the blood out of the foot, we are doing.
“But we cannot rush more, it’s time we need.”
Klopp added that Daniel Sturridge won’t feature against Stoke at the Britannia Stadium tomorrow night as the England striker continues to work through a “mini pre-season”.
He continued: “Maybe you have the feeling that we trained now for three weeks with Daniel and say every day, ‘more, more, more, more’, and every day he’s fitter and fitter and in the end I say, ‘no, I wait’.
“It’s not like this. Daniel had some problems in these weeks, not serious, but then he could not make the next session and we had to wait a day or something like this.
“[It’s] how a pre-season can be. It’s a pre-season without games so it should not happen too much but some little things happened, we always have to handle this.
“It’s not a row of sessions and now we are here. I’m the first who will pick him when he’s available, when he’s ready for this, I will never hold him back.
“In this moment because he didn’t have one session with the team, which was the usual plan for this week, he’s not available.
“What we are trying to do now is to fill his body with energy and strength and everything, that’s what we have to do.
“It would be easy for me to say, ‘come on, let’s try, we have problems, we don’t score enough goals, bring him and let’s see what happens’, but that’s where we have to be patient. We have to wait.”
Liverpool striker Sturridge scored twice in Liverpool’s 6-1 victory over Southampton at St Mary’s in the League Cup quarter-final in early December.