More bad news for Sturridge as Klopp discusses injury-hit Liverpool star

first_img1 Daniel Sturridge will not be available for Liverpool’s League Cup semi-final meeting with Stoke on Tuesday night.The Reds hitman has suffered numerous injury problems in recent seasons and has been restricted to just six appearances since April.Sturridge claimed on Boxing Day that he was back fit after a hamstring problem and ‘good to go’ but was not part of the squad for the 1-0 win over Sunderland and Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to West Ham.Jurgen Klopp has now revealed that the 26-year-old has suffered a minor setback in training and will not be ready for the first leg of Liverpool’s last four showdown with Stoke at the Britannia.“Daniel had some problems, not serious, but could not make a session and we had to wait a day,” said Klopp, who has regularly referred to the last month as effectively pre-season for Sturridge.“Because he didn’t have one session with the team it was not the usual plan for this week.“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.”With Divock Origi and Danny Ings also injured, Klopp currently has just one fit senior striker in Christian Benteke.The German, however, will continue to remain patient with Sturridge.He said: “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.”Liverpool also look set to be without captain Jordan Henderson for the League Cup semi-final first leg at the Britannia.The midfielder suffered a recurrence of a foot problem which caused him to miss the weekend’s defeat to West Ham.“The tendon in the foot is painful but it is good and we hope when the blood is out of the foot the situation will be solved,” Klopp said.“It is not possible to train or play but we hope it is not serious. We have to wait, we cannot do any more.” Jurgen Klopp and Daniel Sturridge last_img

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