Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted that striker Daniel Sturridge is frustrated to be injured currently but stated that he has no idea when the England international will be back available to play.

The former Chelsea attacker has not been given the run of the green by the German coach of late, with Roberto Firmino more often than not the man preferred to lead the Reds’ line.

Sturridge has proven over the years that he can be lethal in front of goal but he has struggled to build any consistency due to debilitating knocks and spells on the sidelines.

Klopp has stated that Sturridge is on the path to recovery but the Anfield club have not put a timescale on when he will be back available to feature for the Premier League side.

“I can’t make pressure with making timelines. He is not in training with the team at the moment so we don’t have to think about him for the team with West Ham and Middlesbrough but maybe then,” the Reds manager told Sky Sports.

“What’s the game after Middlesbrough? Everton? Oh! That would be nice, but I have no idea.

“Until now he hasn’t trained. He will be on the pitch today but that means starting the work. He won’t be with the team.

“He’s not happy. That is the life of a footballer. You can’t force these things.”

Sturridge’s attitude under Klopp has been called into question, with his unwillingness to work for the team or play anywhere other than centre forward casting doubts over his future with the club.


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