Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has cleared the air on the Daniel Sturridge question. The German claims he is not ready to rush the England international into making a return but insists he is only trying to get him fit. The manager also hinted that it is unlikely, if Sturridge will make his return against West ham on Saturday.
The striker recently declared himself fit after claiming to have recovered from a hamstring strain that has kept him on the sidelines since December last year, alongside Jordan Henderson, who has a foot injury. Liverpool faces some set of tough matches in January, beginning with a visit to West ham, and the Liverpool fans have seriously anticipated the inclusion of Sturridge to the team to face West ham.
But with Klopp ready to exercise enough caution, Sturridge may possibly not feature in the coming matches against Arsenal and Manchester United. Sturridge has only managed six appearances this season due to his frequent injury problems. It seems the Liverpool manager only wants to ensure Sturridge is in peak condition before letting him make his return.
Klopp said, “He has trained intensively and seems okay, but now we must see how he reacts. I want to have him in the best shape, that’s all. The best thing would be another two weeks, but earlier might be possible. The main thing is not to bring him back too soon and have him pick up another injury. We just have to be patient.
Sturridge has suffered different sets of injuries this season, ranging from hip to knee and to his hamstring. He scored twice on his return against Southampton in the league Cup and have only played once since the 2-0 defeat at St James Park in early December. Also absent for Liverpool in attack is Divock Origi who sustained an injury in the game against Leicester.
Liverpool will face some set of tough fixtures in January. Klopp said, “January could be a crucial month, but it is difficult to talk about even the middle of January.We need to be focused on the start.
“We have Westham, Stoke and Exeter, then Arsenal, in just the first three weeks of the month, we are in three different competitions. It’s match by match with hardly any time to recover and prepare, and it is particularly a demanding time for the teams in the capital one cup semis”
Klopp also said “We will play at least four games than the others because of the Capital One Cup and the Europa League, and we are starting to see the effect in the dressing room. After our last win, the players were not celebrating, they were sitting still thinking about the next games. I can see why people say January will be decisive.”