Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed that striker Daniel Sturridge could return in time for the club's Premier League fixture against Southampton on Sunday.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of the club's Europa League fixture against Rubin Kazan tomorrow evening, the German coach claims Sturridge is 'getting better and better' as he goes in search of returning to full fitness.
The England international had to sit out of Liverpool's stalemate with Tottenham this past weekend after picking up a knock to his knee in training.
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However, the player's latest setback doesn't appear to be a serious one, and it now appears that he could return for Klopp's first Premier League game in front of the Kop.
The ex-Borussia Dortmund man told reporters: "Sturridge is getting better and better. The timeframe is Sunday, that's what we try to do."
There has been a great deal of talk regarding Klopp's new system on Merseyside, but the well-respected boss will be aware that he must help his elite players find form and fitness. Sturridge definitely enters that category.
It has undoubtedly been a tricky year or so for the forward, but there's no reason why he can't go on to produce the goods week in, week out once again.
It's not going to be easy, of course. Luck clearly hasn't been on his side recently, but perhaps a change of management will help the striker kick on over the coming months. The notion that he won't be able to deliver is unfair at this stage, but he will be desperate to prove his critics wrong in the immediate future.
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