Daniel Sturridge has been sent home from Liverpool’s mid-season training camp in Spain after being struck down by a virus.

The Reds striker flew to La Manga, south-east of Spain, on Wednesday despite feeling unwell and his condition did not improve in the following days.

He was forced to sit out Liverpool’s first full day of warm weather and remained at the team hotel on Thursday after medical staff decided it was best he didn’t train.

Jurgen Klopp’s men have travelled to Spain with no FA Cup action or European football to occupy them ahead of their next Premier League clash against Leicester on Monday February 27.

However, forward Sturridge will be disappointed at missing out on an opportunity to impress the manager.

The forward has been limited to just 14 league appearnaces this season which have yielded only two goals for the England international.

He was left on the bench for Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, their first league win in 2017.

In Sturridge’s absence, the Liverpool squad were put through their paces with two training sessions having headed to training on bikes on Thursday morning.

Playmaker Adam Lallana looked right at home on two wheels, leading the way to the session before dismounting stylishly.

But Klopp and a few of his players appeared a little less comfortable, with Sadio Mane looking tentative on a bike and James Milner sporting a fetching blue helmet.

They did seem to be enjoy themselves once they had their feet back on the ground, however.

Klopp and his players shared a joke, while Philippe Coutinho showed off his fancy footwork with some trick and flicks for the cameras.

And Simon Mignolet had time to lie back and enjoy a bit of winter sun in between drills as the goalkeeper was put through his paces.

It is a break Liverpool will feel they deserve after their first Premier League win of 2017 against Spurs. Before that they had lost four of their last five games in all competition, including exiting the FA Cup at the hands of Wolves.

Liverpool don’t play again until February 27, when they travel to Leicester, before a busy March that sees them host Arsenal and Burnley before travelling to Manchester City.

 

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