Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has insisted that he will give striker Daniel Sturridge plenty of time to prove his fitness at Anfield.
The Reds chief has compared Sturridge's situation to the one that Ilkay Gundogan found himself in at Borussia Dortmund.
The German midfielder, of course, missed 15 months of football at Dortmund while Klopp was in charge. Ultimately, then, Sturridge will be handed a shot at redemption under the guidance of the Liverpool boss.
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Klopp has admitted that patience isn't his best trait but has insisted that he has no other choice when it comes to Sturridge.
Speaking ahead of his side's Premier League clash against Norwich City tomorrow afternoon, as per the Mirror, the revered coach stated: "I don’t have to make a decision about Daniel. Make a decision about what? I have two-and-a-half years left on my contract and have been here three or four months. That’s not a problem.
"We have to be patient. That’s not my best skill, to be honest, but in this case I have no other choice.
"To have a player like Daniel in your squad is always a good situation, and when it’s not possible to use him, it’s not a good situation.
"We all know it’s pretty easy for him when he’s fit, but at this moment he isn’t. We cannot change this and I am not thinking about making a general decision (about him) at the moment.
"I had 15 months with Ilkay Gundogan where we had to all wait. It was his back and we had no chance to force it,” he explained. "It's not a back problem with Daniel, but it's the muscle.
"Out of responsibility, we have to do everything we can to give him the physical strength to be able to play Premier League football."
Klopp is right
Naturally, Klopp and the Liverpool support won't be happy with the situation that Sturridge finds himself in. Unfortunately, though, there isn't much that they can do about it at this stage.
Sturridge deserves time; he has a had a great deal of it already, of course, but there's no denying the fact that - when fit - he's one of the best strikers in England's elite division.
There has to be a fear that he will never quite come to prominence on a consistent basis, but time will tell.
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