- Jurgen Klopp discusses Daniel Sturridge’s condition amid injury layoff
- Striker has been sidelined since win over Spartak Moscow in early December
- Liverpool uncertain of Sturridge’s return date
- SEE MORE: Paulinho’s latest Coutinho tap up is the most disrespectful yet
Jurgen Klopp is waiting on the return of Daniel Sturridge as the striker continues his recovery from a minor hamstring issue.
Yet another injury setback has disrupted the Liverpool’s star’s season, cruelly preventing him from reaping the benefits of Klopp’s winter team rotation.
The forward had been in line for more opportunities over the Christmas period, but has been sidelined since the Reds’ 7-0 Champions League win over Spartak Moscow at the beginning of December.
Sturridge was also absent for the 5-0 Boxing Day win over Swansea City, with Klopp still unsure of when the 28-year-old will be available again.
“I’m not 100 per cent sure. Pretty much [everyone] so far came through the game,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com.
“Daniel Sturridge was ill and now [has] a little muscle thing. It’s not a big deal, to be honest, but in this period all these things keep you away from games.”
“That’s not too cool for us, of course, but since yesterday not a lot [else happened].”
Though Sturridge remains a valuable alternative attacking option, Liverpool’s array of attacking stars have fared well in his absence in recent weeks.
The Englishman is believed to be edging closer to an Anfield exit, with reports suggesting he will depart in January in search of regular first-team football.
Sturridge rightly remains intent on earning a place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup in Russia next year- something that is far from guaranteed due to his lack of game time this year.
He may not possess the same sharpness or the same explosiveness he had a few years ago, but there is undoubtedly still a killer instinct to his game.
A man of his talent has every right to seek weekly football.