Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has stated that Daniel Sturridge has a calf strain and that is why he missed the Reds’ 2-0 win over Sunderland on Saturday.

Goals from Divock Origi and James Milner gave the Merseyside outfit victory and kept them in pace with Premier League leaders Chelsea.

However, an injury to Philippe Coutinho took the shine off the win, as the number of unavailable players for Klopp starts to wrack up.

With Adam Lallana already on the sidelines and Roberto Firmino also picking up a knock in the win over David Moyes’ men, the last thing Liverpool need is another long-term injury to Sturridge.

Klopp has stated that the England international has not been training in recent days and would be assessed ahead of upcoming fixtures.

“He had a tight calf. He hasn’t trained for two days and I have no idea when he is back,” the German told the Liverpool official website.

“It is not sure that he can train tomorrow, so he was out because of this injury.”

Sturridge has not been a first choice in Klopp’s Liverpool team this season, with Brazilian Firmino more often than not given the nod to lead the line.

This has led to transfer speculation linking the former Chelsea and Manchester City star with an Anfield exit.


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