Liverpool’s attempt to get Daniel Sturridge fit for the rest of the season with a specialised training routine has been disrupted by injury, Jürgen Klopp has revealed.
The England international was put on an individual training programme aftersuffering a hamstring strain against Newcastle United on 6 December – his third injury since Klopp became Liverpool manager. Sturridge declared himself “back in training and good to go” following the Boxing Day win over Leicester City and Klopp had hoped the striker would be available for the Premier League game atWest Ham United, which Liverpool lost 2-0.
However, despite the recent positive updates, the 26-year-old has been unable to complete his training schedule without interruption and will not be considered for Tuesday’s Capital One Cup semi-final first leg at Stoke City.
Klopp said: “Daniel has had some problems, not serious, but he could not make all the sessions and we had to wait a day. It is how a pre-season can be. Some little things happen and we have to handle this. It is not a row of sessions and we say: ‘Now we are here and go …’ I will pick him when he is ready, I will not hold him back. But he has not had one session with the team so he is not available.”
Liverpool remain desperate for Sturridge’s quality in front of goal – their total of 22 from 20 league games is the lowest in the club’s history – but Klopp insists he must maintain a long-term view with the injury-plagued forward.
He said: “What Daniel has to do at this moment is hard work to be prepared for the things we make in a football game. He has not had a complete pre-season in a long time. In pre-season we load our bodies with strength, energy, all we need for the games and then the problems start. It would be easy for me to say: ‘Come on, let’s try, we have problems, we don’t score enough goals, let’s see what will happen’ but we have to wait and be patient.”