Jurgen Klopp has dropped a huge hint about the fitness of Daniel Sturridge ahead of our game against Arsenal at the weekend.
Sadly – it’s bad news. It seems like the England international won’t have recovered sufficiently to take his place amongst the eleven starters.
“With Daniel he obviously could be involved in team training today but he missed a lot of sessions in his pre-season. He started later (due to England duty) and then missed a few sessions,” said the boss.
“We have to make a decision what we do with him. If we use the next three, four, five days for what I sad with a few players, the pre-season will be longer than up to the first Premier League game because they have not had enough time.
“And if you have not had enough time and miss a few sessions I think it makes sense to extend the pre-season for these players.” (Echo).
The 26-year-old had enjoyed a prolonged injury-free period since being eased back into the first team back Klopp back in January.
However, he picked up a hip injury a week ago that ruled him out of our friendly double-header against Barcelona and Mainz last weekend.
It now seems like it’ll be a straight pick between Divock Origi or Roberto Firmino against Arsenal. Firmino was favoured by Klopp in these types of games last season, but by the end of the campaign, the young Belgian was loudly knocking on the door.
Who would you pick?