Jurgen Klopp gives latest Liverpool injury update ahead of Man United clash
The Liverpool manager discusses the fitness of James Milner and Daniel Sturridge after Tuesday's 2-2 draw at Sunderland
Jurgen Klopp says he is hopeful that James Milner and Daniel Sturridge haven’t suffered serious injuries after the England pair were substituted during Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Sunderland on Tuesday afternoon.
The Reds endured a frustrating 90 minutes at Stadium of Light after Liverpool twice squandered a lead to drop two points against the Premier League strugglers.
Sturridge scored his second Premier League goal of the campaign in the first half before Jermain Defoe equalised from the penalty spot after Ragnar Klavan fouled Ibrahim Ndong.
Senegal international Sadio Mane handed the visitors a second-half lead in their final game before heading off to the African Cup of Nations but Liverpool conceded a second penalty which Defoe dispatched.
Liverpool vice-captain Milner was replaced at half-time by Alberto Moreno following a calf strain, while Sturridge had to be brought off with 10 minutes remaining following a knock to his ankle.
Speaking at his post-match media conference, Klopp provided an update on Milner and Sturridge ahead of the next Premier League game at Manchester United on Sunday 15 January.
“[Sturridge] got a knock on his right ankle. I don’t think it’s too bad.
“[Milner] felt like he got a knock on the calf, but he didn’t know exactly if he got a knock. So then we needed to be really careful, so that’s why we made a change.”