Wednesday 23 August 2017

Managing Sturridge a big frustration for Klopp

Jurgen Klopp and Daniel Sturridge during Liverpool's EFL Cup loss to Southampton earlier this year. Photo: REUTERS
Jurgen Klopp and Daniel Sturridge during Liverpool's EFL Cup loss to Southampton earlier this year. Photo: REUTERS

Jack Austin

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has opened up about the difficulties of working with Daniel Sturridge this season as his injury troubles continue.

The Reds have a full treatment room at the moment, with Sadio Mane limping out of the Merseyside derby with a knee injury which could keep him out for the rest of the season.

Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson will also miss tonight's match against Bournemouth, leaving Klopp with a lack of options further up the field as Sturridge's injury problems continue to disrupt his career.

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Sturridge has made only 14 appearances for Liverpool in the Premier League this season and has not featured at all since the 2-0 defeat to Hull on February 4 due to illness and injuries.

"Managing players is always a challenge. My job is difficult. I can't say all the time what players want to hear," said Klopp who is likely to give Divock Origi the nod of leading the line against Bournemouth.

"But it's not more of a challenge with Daniel than with other players. Unfortunately, we couldn't use him in this second part of the season as much as we needed.

"But now he's back and everything is good for me. He will be very important.

Sturridge may be included in the squad for tonight's match at Anfield, but his match fitness is so poor he is highly unlikely to start - despite Klopp insisting he looked sharp in training.

"I saw his rehab training and he looked really fresh and sharp. He looked good. He's very optimistic about the situation and we will see."

Klopp expects that Emre Can and Joel Matip will pass late fitness tests.

Irish Independent

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