Jurgen Klopp faced the press on Tuesday afternoon ahead of Liverpool's third round replay against Exeter City and, as always, was confronted with the usual question with regards to Daniel Sturridge.
The striker has spent the vast majority of the season on the sidelines, suffering a smorgasbord of injuries in a frighteningly familiar theme to the last campaign. Following a mild hamstring strain last month, Sturridge was expected back in early January, but we're still waiting.
And it now appears we will be waiting for some time yet with Klopp confirming that Sturridge has suffered another injury setback in training and has 'no chance' of playing against the League One club.
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Even more concerning, the German manager also revealed that Sturridge has not trained with the first-team since before his last injury, suffered during a brief cameo against Newcastle United on December 6.
Asked whether Sturridge would be available, Klopp said: “No. No chance for Daniel. He has had a break in training because of some issues. He’s now back training but losing time. But no team training since Newcastle. I don’t know how long it is. That’s not a situation we can think about him.”
Klopp's full press conference is below:
It's not funny anymore
This is a story GiveMeSport has covered several times this season. We could quite literally copy and paste the same text and stick right in here – there's no way you would notice. But while it's sometimes funny to laugh at the inevitability of the situation, it is starting to become a real concern for both Liverpool fans and England fans that they have lost a potentially world-class striker.
Alongside Luis Suarez in 2013/14 season, Sturridge was certainly one of the best strikers in the Europe, but while his former team-mate's ascent has continued at Barcelona, the Liverpool striker has fallen far off the radar. There is now a real concern that he will never return.