Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has insisted that striker Daniel Sturridge was 'very impressive' during Friday's training session.
Speaking ahead of his side's FA Cup fourth-round replay fixture against West Ham United tomorrow night, the revered manager has insisted that he still hasn't decided on his starting XI for the clash.
Klopp, who was absent from his side's 2-2 draw against Premier League strugglers Sunderland on Saturday, has also admitted that he had hoped for Sturridge to secure some game time.
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Sturridge, then, will be hoping to feature at Upton Park, but he may well have to bide his time in pursuit of redemption.
Speaking to reporters, the Liverpool boss stated: "We haven't decided on starting line up yet. He was fit enough to be on bench on Sat. Very impressive in Fri's session."
When asked whether he had been hoping to hand Sturridge some minutes during the Sunderland clash, Klopp stated, as per the Liverpool Echo: “We would have liked to, but the game had a different story with a few early changes.
“It’s complicated with changing so we have to look at who will start. They can’t start all together because the whole game would be too much for all three.”
Huge three months
There's no getting away from the fact that Sturridge faces a huge few months on Merseyside. For the second consecutive season, he has endured a torrid period - he has featured in just 17 league games since the start of the 2014/15 campaign - so something has to change sooner rather than later.
With Euro 2016 on the horizon, Sturridge may well believe that he can still make Roy Hodgson's squad, but he has to start proving his fitness on a consistent basis. That, unfortunately for Sturridge, is easier said than done.
Liverpool fans: do you expect Sturridge to get back to fitness before the end of the season? Have your say below!