Sturridge to return to training within eight days

Date published: Thursday 29th October 2015 9:06

Daniel Sturridge: Poses for photo at Liverpool's game against Bournemouth

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp expects Daniel Sturridge to return to training within eight days – and Christian Benteke to face Chelsea.

Sturridge again missed out on Wednesday night as Liverpool beat Bournemouth 1-0 in the Capital One Cup at Anfield to set up a quarter-final tie at Southampton.

Klopp made nine changes from the team that drew at home to Southampton on Sunday, retaining only Clyne and Divock Origi – the latter being out of necessity as he had to protect Benteke’s troublesome hamstring.

Benteke will be back for Saturday’s trip to Chelsea, but Klopp’s wait to select Sturridge for the first time will go on as the England striker is still hampered by a knee injury.

“We have to talk about Daniel when he can train,” Klopp said.

“I don’t know how much but four, five, six, seven, eight days is normal.

“It is not important how good you are, it is only important you have enough strength to play in this really intensive league.

“There is no pressure from me. I have to wait. If he is back then he has to train.

“Christian, I think, will be fit on Saturday. With our striker situation we can take absolutely no risk.

“Divock came on and worked really hard.”

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