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Jurgen Klopp confirms Liverpool are still without Daniel Sturridge

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The year is 2016 and fresh beginnings are freely available to all who want them. However, it is the same old story for Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, who has begun the new year in much the same way he spent the last.

Yes, Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that the England international is still recovering from his most recent affliction and will not be available for the first leg of their League Cup semi-final against Stoke City.

Liverpool fans have grown used to Sturridge's absence – he has been injured more often than not since joining in 2013 – but with Christian Benteke, Divock Origi and Danny Ings joining him on the sidelines, it becomes much more noticeable.

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Sturridge has not played for the Reds since a 2-0 defeat to Newcastle on December 6, but he had already missed a significant part of the season with a knee injury prior to that.

As a result, Klopp says he will give the 26-year-old more time to recover before inviting him back to first-team duties.

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Taking his time

"Maybe you have the feeling Daniel has been training with us for the last three weeks," he told his pre-match news conference. "And every day he's fitter and fitter and fitter but I say 'No - I wait'. It's not like this.

"Daniel has had some problems in these weeks - not serious but then he couldn't train or make the next session. When he's had a row of (training) sessions, I will pick him.

"I'll be the first one to pick him when he's ready. I won't hold him back. It would be easy for me to say, come on, let's try, we don't score enough goals, but we have to be patient.

"Daniel had last a complete pre-season in 2011. During that period we load bodies with strength. What we're doing now is trying to fill his body with energy."

Fan reaction

Inevitably, Klopp's comments have caused the standard reaction from Liverpool fans unable to cope with Sturridge's misfortune. Some of it is nasty, some overzealous and some – very few – are insightful.

Take a look at the best from each category below:

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