Jurgen Klopp is still mastering the English language, and while his grasp of our tongue is far better than our German, he’s occasionally being misinterpreted by the English press.
He previously apologised for his comments about the Anfield crowd, and has now withdrawn his quotes about Daniel Sturridge needing to ‘learn what is serious pain’, as well – stating that this wasn’t his intention.
“Maybe it was my fault and my language but I thought I had said ‘We all have to learn’,” Klopp said, reported in the Express.
“I read somewhere that ‘Daniel Sturridge has to learn’ what is serious pain. We all have to learn. That is what we have to do.”
However, Klopp did admit that with Sturridge’s hideous injury record, Liverpool must take special precautions with the striker.
“With his injury history, someone who has had 20 injuries, you cannot be treated like a normal player,” the boss continued.
“We all have our own experiences. If someone has more injuries than someone else, then they will be more in doubt about things. That is normal.”
Sturridge has only featured once under Klopp, coming off the bench in place of Christian Benteke versus Swansea City at the weekend.
He didn’t have a telling effort on goal, but looked sharp and wanted the ball. He’s in line for minutes this evening versus Southampton in the League Cup, and it’ll be up to Klopp whether he’ll start him, bring him off the bench or rest him entirely for the Newcastle cash at the weekend.
On Klopp, the manager has nothing to apologise for. He’s won six of his past seven matches, and has totally rejuvenated the entire club. The odd press-conference lapse is not going to change that!