Confirmed: Liverpool key player has not been training since Chelsea clash
By Alex Stevens
Daniel Sturridge has not trained since Liverpool’s win over Chelsea last Friday.
Jurgen Klopp revealed on Thursday morning that the injury-plagued striker “had a few issues” in the aftermath of the notable 2-1 triumph at Stamford Bridge and “didn’t train”.
Sturridge was not in the 18-man squad that knocked Derby out of the League Cup in midweek, as a re-jigged team brushed aside the Championship outfit.
But the Liverpool manager is confident that the team’s senior striker will still be available for Saturday’s Premier League home clash against Hull.
The Merseysiders host Mike Phelan’s team at Anfield as they aim to build on a run of three consecutive wins, which include eyecatching triumphs over Leicester and Chelsea.
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Klopp is facing some tricky selection issues at the weekend, as Roberto Firmino is available after missing the Stamford Bridge triumph with a minor injury.
It could mean that the Brazilian spearheads the attack, and that both Sturridge and fellow striker Divock Origi are on the substitute’s bench.
Klopp was quoted by Liverpool Echo reporter James Pearce giving the latest on Sturridge at his media briefing on Thursday morning.
Klopp on Sturridge “Yes I think he will be available. He had a few issues after Chelsea and didn’t train.”
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) September 22, 2016
The German manager must also decide whether to stick with Simon Mignolet in goal or axe the established No1 in favour of Loris Karius, who made an impressive debut in the 3-0 win over Derby after recovering from a hand injury.
In other Liverpool news, there could be two changes on Saturday against Hull to the team that beat Chelsea 2-1 last weekend.