Klopp reveals Liverpool star in contention for Burnley clash
By Dominic Toner
Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Daniel Sturridge could feature against Burnley.
Liverpool travel to newly-promoted Burnley for the second round of fixtures in the Premier League on Saturday, after defeating Arsenal 4-3 in a thrilling opener.
Sturridge, 26, missed the Arsenal clash after returning from an injury but could spearhead the Liverpool attack and replace new signing Sadio Mane, after he picked up a shoulder injury during a team training session at Melwood on Wednesday.
Klopp has hinted that the English forward could return to the Liverpool starting line up.
“Of course Daniel is an option, he was not match fit last week,” Klopp told the Echo. “That’s how it is in football. If you don’t have other options you need to take what you can get because you can’t switch the game to another date.
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“Sometimes players have to play with 50% or 60% fitness, but when you have options you need to use the time with the other players and bring them fitness wise to the next level. Dan had a pre-season but it was interrupted with a few little injuries.
“The last one was little too but it was enough that he could not train so we used the time when he was fit again for training. Now he has had the whole week involved in team training so he is an option.”
Sturridge will be hopeful of overcoming his latest injury problem and aim to replicate his prolific Liverpool form to date, scoring 54 goals in just 92 appearances for the club.
Team-mate Alberto Moreno has received criticism for his defensive performance against Arsenal but has dismissed the claims and backed his own ability.
The Spaniard could be dropped for the Burnley clash with utility player James Milner capable of filling in at his left-back position.
Klopp certainly has some difficult selection decisions to make for the league clash over both Sturridge and Moreno.