'Fresh and sharp': Klopp excited by return of Liverpool 27-year-old
By Matt Bullin
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has said he is excited to see Daniel Sturridge’s return to fitness as the Reds take on Bournemouth tonight.
Sturridge has been struggling with a hip injury and has not featured for Liverpool since he was an unused substitute in the 2-0 over Spurs in February.
However his last appearance came as a substitute in the 2-0 defeat to Hull City, where he made a 23-minute cameo, and he has not started a game since January.
The England striker has just two goals in his 14 Premier League games this term, although he did net four goals in four EFL Cup games.
Following reports that Sadio Mane may be out for the season after picking up a knee injury in Liverpool’s 3-1 Merseyside derby win, tonight’s match with Bournemouth could provide the perfect opportunity for Sturridge to return.
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Klopp told the Liverpool Echo: “I saw Daniel’s rehab training and he looked really fresh and sharp.
“I said before training to Daniel that it was the perfect moment for him to be coming back. It’s good news for us, it’s not just bad news with Sadio being out.”
Sturridge has not played any competitive football in more than a month, and only had two days of first-team training so Divock Origi will probably start alongside Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino. Sturridge could start on the bench though.
Despite the 27-year-old’s injury-plagued few seasons he still boasts a fantastic record for the Reds – he has netted 60 times and made 21 assists in his 113 league and cup appearances.
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