Jurgen Klopp has hit back at claims that Daniel Sturridge is set to leave the club at the end of the season.
Reports emerged on Friday that the striker was unhappy at the way he was being treated surrounding his recent injury problems and it was claimed he wanted to leave Anfield.
But Klopp reacted angrily when he was asked about the potential departure of the 26-year-old.
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“Please, can you start again. Daniel Sturridge said? Why should I think about this, who suggested this? If somebody wants to ask me something that they have heard about it, then they can ask but not about suggestions,” he said
“I am not interested in this,” Klopp added.
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Sturridge has only managed two appearances since Klopp arrived on Merseyside in October. He scored twice on his first start under the German but the following match was his last, a brief cameo substitute appearance against Newcastle.
The England international has only managed 17 Premier Leage games in the previous two seasons but Klopp has revealed that Sturridge is close to making a return to first-team action.
“Daniel is back in training for two days which is great so everything looks good at this moment for us and for him,” he said.
“I think he understands where we’re coming from. Obviously there were a few problems in the past with injuries — not just since I’m here but that’s part of the past and good if we can leave it there.
Klopp continued: “I have said in the past what Daniel, what each player needs is consistent training, that’s normal to be fit for Premier League football, that’s all.”
Sturridge joined The Reds in January 2013 from Chelsea for a fee believed to be in the region of £12 million.
For the first season and a half it looked to be money very well spent with Sturridge scoring 35 in his first 50 matches in all competitions.
However, the past 18 months have been difficult for Sturridge as he’s struggled with a vast array of injuries and failed to play consistently for Liverpool.