Jurgen Klopp’s response to Liverpool transfer speculation surrounding Daniel Sturridge

The Liverpool manager delivers his verdict on speculation Daniel Sturridge could leave the Merseyside outfit in January

Jurgen Klopp has once again ruled out the possibility of Daniel Sturridge leaving Liverpool in the January transfer window.

The England international has struggled to tie down a regular starting spot in the Liverpool manager’s first team this season as Klopp continues to prefer Roberto Firmino in a lone striker role.

Sturridge missed the Reds’ 2-0 win against Sunderland at Anfield last weekend due to a calf problem as Divock Origi staked his claim to fill the void left by injured Philippe Coutinho with the opener against the Black Cats.

The Belgian striker also netted in Liverpool’s 2-0 victory over Championship side Leeds United in their EFL Cup quarter-final on Tuesday night, as well as during the 4-3 loss to Bournemouth on Sunday.

Sturridge has been linked with a potential move to Southampton and West Ham United in recent months amid ongoing uncertainty surrounding his future at Liverpool.

However, the Reds boss stressed that Sturridge won’t be leaving the 18-time English champions in January despite the transfer speculation.

“There is absolutely no thought to sell any player from the first team squad,” Klopp is quoted as saying by The Daily Mail.

“I don’t think it would make sense. Unfortunately Daniel is not in training now and that is what I am more concerned about than any transfer rumours.”

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Sturridge moved to Liverpool from Chelsea in a £12m deal in January 2013.

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