Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that striker Daniel Sturridge will play no part against Stoke – while he won’t rush Jordan Henderson’s return from a heel injury.
The Reds face Stoke in the Capital One Cup semi-final first leg at the Britannia Stadium on Tuesday night and Sturridge, who has featured just three times under Klopp’s management, will not be fit to return to action on Tuesday after being injured in the defeat at Newcastle last month.
“Daniel had some problems, not serious, but he couldn’t make the next session,” says the Reds boss.
“When he’s had a row of sessions, I will pick him.
“I won’t hold him back. But in this moment, because he hasn’t had one session with the team, he’s not available.
“Daniel had his last pre-season in 2011. During that period we load bodies with strength.
“We’re trying to fill his body with energy.”
Klopp was then asked about Henderson, who was forced off against Sunderland and did not feature at West Ham.
“We have to wait,” says the German.
“What’s happened with the tendon is painful.
“There is blood around the heel. We can’t rush it.”
James Milner also remains sidelined as he’s still struggling with a calf injury.
Striker Divock Origi and centre-back Martin Skrtel are both also still sidelined by hamstring problems.