Jurgen Klopp says Daniel Sturridge continues to struggle with his injury issues, while he admits Liverpool remain “busy” in the transfer market.
England striker Sturridge has featured just three times since Klopp was appointed manager at Anfield, and last appeared in the defeat at Newcastle almost two months ago.
There have been suggestions Sturridge’s issues are more psychological than physical, with Klopp admitting the 26-year-old needs to learn “what is serious pain and what is only pain”.
The former Manchester City and Chelsea forward will miss the visit of West Ham on Saturday, and has also been ruled out of the midweek trip to Leicester City.
When asked for an update on Sturridge, Klopp replied: “No news. He’s still working. Sometimes it’s better, sometimes it’s worse. He needs consistency in sessions and that’s what we try to do.
“Everyone in this room knows him better than I did, I’ve seen him train and there’s no doubt about quality. I’m not here to think about what will happen in the future, so we work together with Daniel on his fitness.
“He’s a very good player. He is not available so we don’t have to talk too much about him, he is not here for tomorrow or Leicester.”
Meanwhile, Liverpool have so far been thwarted in their attempts to sign Shakhtar Donetsk attacking midfielder Alex Teixeira, with the Ukranian outfit wanting £53million for the Brazilian.
However, Klopp has refused to rule out the Reds making any more new signings.
“We are always busy and checking possibilities. If something happens we will see. There’s nothing to say,” he said.
Captain Jordan Henderson will also miss the FA Cup clash with the Hammers, although Liverpool’s injury crisis is starting to ease somewhat, with Dejan Lovren, Philippe Coutinho and Nathaniel Clyne all close to returning to fitness.
Having being taken to penalties by Stoke in midweek, Klopp admits he is likely to revert to the young side which he put out in the third round against Exeter, although is hoping to avoid a replay this time around.
“I don’t want a replay – I would like to win without a second game,” he said.
“It will be another young side. It will be a different team for sure. Some players covered 17km in that last game.
“We have to make a few changes, we will make them, but only because we want to win the game. The last FA Cup game v Exeter was great. The boys will give everything.”
The likes of Connor Randall, Brad Smith and Cameron Brannagan could all be handed starts.