The most frustrating part of being a Liverpool fan in the last couple of season has been the Daniel Sturridge saga. Every time the Kop gets excited to see the England international, he fails to keep himself fit and this has given fuel to rumors that the new manager Jurgen Klopp has lost his patience and that the club is now accepting offers for the striker.
Sturridge is one of the best finishers in England at the moment and is a huge asset for this Liverpool side. He has not played a single game since the first week of December but is still a fan favorite at the Merseyside.
It is expected that he will take atleast another week to come to training fitness and more time to make an appearance for the club but the manager has given the fans some smiles as he revealed that he has no intentions to part with the striker this January.
He said: “What do we have to make a decision about? I have two-and-a-half years left on my contract and have been here three or four months. “
“That’s not a problem. I had 15 months with Ilkay Gündogan [at Borussia Dortmund] where we had to all wait but it was his back and we had no chance to force it. It’s not a back problem with Daniel but it’s the muscle.”
“Out of responsibility, we have to do everything we can to give him the physical strength to be able to play Premier League football. We all know it’s pretty easy for him when he’s fit but at this moment he isn’t. “
“We cannot change this and I am not thinking about making a general decision [about him] at the moment. To have a player like Daniel in your squad is always a good situation and when it’s not possible to use him it’s not a good situation.”
Sturridge was linked with a move to West Ham but Slaven Bilic denied any contact and brushed aside the rumor. And Jurgen Klopp now has insisted that he wants to give the striker enough time and every opportunity to revive his career.
Klopp revealed Sturridge had not resumed first-team training following a series of muscular injuries and, given his history, should be considered only when fully fit.
The manager said: “He’s not with the team at the moment but we have enough games this season when we hopefully can use him but not, if nothing happens, for at least the next 10 days.
“You can’t be nearly fit, then playing, then injured again, then nearly fit, then playing, then injured again, then during training something like injured again, and then you say after five days: ‘Come on!’ to pick the day you get him and then he gets the next injury. We have to patient. That’s not my best skill but in this case I have no other choice.”
The England international has been watching most of the matches at Anfield from the stands but his club and supporters need him to be on the field finishing teams off and moving his hip.