Klopp gives latest Liverpool injury update on Sturridge ahead of Norwich clash
Jurgen Klopp confirms Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge will be sidelined for the next 10 days
Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge will be sidelined for another 10 days.
The Reds striker hasn’t featured for the Merseyside outfit since a 2-0 defeat by Newcastle United at St James’ Park in early December.
You can’t be nearly fit, then playing, then injured again, then nearly fit, playing, injured again… we have to be patient
Sturridge has missed most of the 2015/16 season through injury, and the England forward has only played 16 Premier League games over the past 18 months.
The 26-year-old has played a mere 108 minutes of first-team football since Klopp took over from Brendan Rodgers in October, although he did score a brilliant brace in a 6-1 League Cup win at Southampton.
Sturridge doesn’t appear likely to add to those competitive minutes over the next week or so after Klopp confirmed Sturridge will miss their games against Norwich City and Stoke City.
“Out of responsibility, we have to do everything we can to give him the physical strength to be able to play Premier League football,” Klopp told Liverpool’s website.
“We all know it’s pretty easy for him when he’s fit, but at this moment he isn’t. We cannot change this.
“To have a player like Daniel in your squad is always a good situation, and when it’s not possible to use him, it’s not a good situation.
“He’s not with the team at the moment, that’s right. But we have enough games this season when we hopefully can use him but not, if nothing happens, for at least the next 10 days.
“You can’t be nearly fit, then playing, then injured again, then nearly fit, playing, injured again… we have to be patient. That’s not my best skill, to be honest! But in this case I have no other choice.”
Sturridge moved to Liverpool in a £12m deal from defending Premier League champions Chelsea in January 2013.
The Reds are in ninth place in the Premier League table.