Great news, Reds.
It looks like Daniel Sturridge will be starting Sunday’s Premier League fixture with Newcastle, as manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed the 26-year-old is fit and available during today’s press-conference.
“Obviously he did well in the last game. The plan before the game was to give him 55-60 minutes. Good for him and good for us!” Klopp told listening journalists, cited in the Echo.
“Of course, he felt each muscle after the game. That’s normal. But in this moment he is available for the weekend.”
Jurgen Klopp confirms that Daniel Sturridge is available for the weekend tie with Newcastle. @empireofthekop https://t.co/v4JKilD3d2
— Jordan Chamberlain (@Jordan_AC90) December 4, 2015
Sturridge made his first start under Klopp last time out versus Southampton, and had bagged twice before the half hour mark – highlighting how brilliant he is when healthy.
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A few fans (including us) were worried the striker had picked up another problem though, as he looked uncomfortable while exiting the field on the hour mark.
Thankfully, Klopp has confirmed that it was only the usual bumps and bruises a footballer collects.
The manager may choose to use Christian Benteke instead, or go with Roberto Firmino in the false 9 role, but it would be a big call to drop Sturridge after his midweek performance. Hopefully he’ll start the game and then get a rest next Thursday against FC Sion.