Jurgen Klopp says Daniel Sturridge won't play against Sunderland

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Jurgen Klopp has dropped another hint that all is not well between himself and Daniel Sturridge after confirming the Liverpool striker will not play in Wednesday's game against Sunderland.

The claim from Klopp is in stark contrast to the one Sturridge made two days ago. He used Twitter to confirm he was back in training and "good to go" once again.

It was originally expected that the 26-year-old would miss six weeks with a hamstring injury sustained in the 2-0 defeat to Newcastle United at the beginning of the month, but despite what Sturridge thinks, Klopp is ready to stick by the original timescale.


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The German said: “This is the same thing that Daniel said four weeks ago and we let him play and he was injured again.

“He says this, you ask him and he says he’s good. I know he is good, but he has to train. We can’t change the situation, he has to train now.”

Bad blood

The firm comments from the Liverpool manager stand as further proof that he has not hit it off with Liverpool's No.1 striker. Indeed, Klopp has already questioned Sturridge's judgement during his short tenure at Anfield, telling reporters he needed to learn ‘what is pain and what is real pain'.

Sturridge has started just once since Klopp took over in early October and has only managed 51 minutes of Premier League football. Three separate injuries have only furthered the perception that Klopp cannot plan for the future with Sturridge in mind.

With fans still pining for the striker who scored 28 times for Liverpool and England in 2013-14, it would be easy for Klopp to rush him back once again, especially if Sturridge declares himself fit in public. But the former Borussia Dortmund manager is staying reserved.

Time to change

He continued: “We have to wait.

“We have to train, we have to give the body the right information and if he can do this, then maybe we can change something.

"No. We really, really, have to be patient now.”

“Otherwise we always have to stay here in this situation for the next ten years and always talk about ‘Where is Daniel Sturridge, can you play him?’

“I don’t want to see him in training because everybody sees him training and they think ‘Oh, come on, bring him into the team, we need his quality’.

"No. We really, really, have to be patient now.”

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