Jurgen Klopp says Daniel Sturridge is doubtful for Liverpool’s match against Southampton on Sunday after admitting his injury “isn’t much better”.
Sturridge is yet to play under new manager Klopp after being ruled out of the 0-0 draw with Tottenham last weekend, while the England international also missed the 1-1 draw with Rubin Kazan in midweek.
Striker Sturridge has now missed 62 games through injury for Liverpool, having suffered seven different setbacks after only joining the club in January 2013.
There were hopes that the 26-year-old could return in time for Klopp’s first home league game against Southampton on Sunday, but the German has cast further doubt on his availability.
“I spoke to him and the situation isn’t much better,” said Klopp. “With his injury, we have to see day by day. If he can train, for example, tomorrow – if – completely normal, then he is an option because his break has not been too long.
“He will have more treatment today because there is still some fluid on his knee.
“I’m not sure in this moment if we will play two strikers on Sunday but it’s an option for the future.”
Despite a disappointment in the Europa League after being held to a 1-1 draw against 10-man Rubin Kazan, Klopp said that he saw positive signs from his players, but that their final touch was lacking.
“I don’t think we will make the same mistakes twice. I saw lots of good things [in the 1-1 Europa League draw with Rubin Kazan]. It’s one more experience and the next game is waiting.
“I saw many things we did in training in the game. I didn’t expect we’d run through the league from the moment I got here.
“We have to decide better when to shoot or pass. We have to be better in the box.
Klopp was also asked on midfielder Jordan Rossiter, who is currently sidelined through injury after playing three games in five days for England’s Under 19s.
The Liverpool manager accused the FA of treating players like “horses”, but has since backtracked.
“I need to learn sometimes to use other words for things,” the German said. “We will have a talk in the next few days. Of course I was not happy with the situation but I could have informed them before I talked to you.
“It’s a problem and we have to talk about it.”
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