Klopp discusses Sturridge fitness and other injuries

Date published: Friday 1st April 2016 4:07

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Jurgen Klopp says Daniel Sturridge’s fitness is the best it has been since he took over at Liverpool – but there is mixed injury news elsewhere. 

Saturday’s clash between Liverpool and Tottenham at Anfield pitches two of England’s top strikers against each other in Sturridge and Harry Kane.

Both are vying for a starting spot in Roy Hodgson’s side for Euro 2016 and, despite his injury problems, Klopp would be more than happy for Sturridge to go to France rather than have the summer off to recuperate.

“There are a lot of good strikers in England, so congratulations for that,” the German said.

“If I say I wish Daniel could have a real holiday and doesn’t have to go to the European Championships, what kind of manager would I be?

“It is the European Championships and playing for your country is the best thing a player can do, and I really wish for him to be part of it.

“The situation here is the best situation since I have been here; he trained all sessions with the national team, he had 65 minutes against Netherlands and was absolutely okay.

“He is very important for us and hopefully he is fit until the end of the season and then I cannot make decisions for Roy Hodgson – that is his problem.

“But the better we play, together with him, the better the chances for our players to be part of a big tournament.”

Klopp is short on strikers again as Christian Benteke returned from international duty with a knee injury, although Belgium team-mate Divock Origi has recovered from a thigh problem.

“A few things are better, a few things are worse and a few things didn’t change,” the Reds boss said.

“Divock Origi couldn’t play the games for Belgium because of a little muscle issue, but he has been back in training since (Thursday) and is available.

“It is completely different with Christian Benteke as he is not available and we have to wait for further assessments to know how long it will be, but for this game he has no chance.

“It will be close for Roberto Firmino. We have to make a decision maybe (on Saturday) but we cannot bring pressure in this situation and we have to wait to see how he feels.

“Most of the players came back healthy, so that is good.”

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