Klopp gives verdict on Liverpool January loan deal
By Matt Farr
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has issued a hands-off warning to clubs trying to sign striker Daniel Sturridge.
The Sun report that West Ham are looking to take the England striker on loan in January, but the Liverpool boss has firmly ruled out any potential departure during the winter window.
Sturridge has rarely featured for the Reds this season due to injury, and is currently out with a calf injury. He has featured largely as a substitute this season, having made just five starts in all competitions.
The Hammers, who are underperforming in the league, are seeking to take advantage of Sturridge’s lack of first-team action, and bring him to the Olympic Stadium until the end of the season.
But Klopp, who wants to build on his side’s excellent start to the season and challenge for the Premier League title, insists that none of his players will be leaving the club.
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He told the Sun: “There is no thought to sell any player from the first-team squad. It wouldn’t make sense.”
The former Dortmund boss added that his only concern was on the striker’s return to action, dismissing all transfer-related talk.
Divock Origi remains Liverpool’s only fully fit striker at the moment, with Danny Ings set to miss the rest of the season, and Roberto Firmino on the road back to full fitness. The Brazilian could feature against Bournemouth at the weekend, but Klopp is expected to persist with the in-form Origi.
Sturridge will have an important role to play in Liverpool’s title bid upon his return, and given his lack of alternatives, Klopp is intent on keeping him within the Anfield ranks.
Liverpool are currently second in the Premier League, just one point behind leaders Chelsea – who face Manchester City on Saturday.
In other Liverpool news, this is how Liverpool are expected to line-up against Bournemouth on Sunday.