New Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has explained his decision why he left out Daniel Sturridge out of the squad in a 0-0 draw against Tottenham at White Hart Lane.
Klopp claimed Sturridge had a contact with Jordon Ibe in the training, despite training really well throughout the week he couldn’t risk him. Earlier, Joe Gomez and Danny Ings were ruled out of the season with ACL injuries last week, and Klopp admitted he didn’t want to risk another player.
Daniel Sturridge featured in just 12 games last season, and spent most of the time in Boston, United States for treatment. The 26-year-old has two goals in three games this season, and Klopp expects him to feature more starting from their Europa League fixture against Rubin Kazan on Thursday night.
Klopp said: “I have known Daniel now for one week, and for six days he was perfect in training. Everything we did he was full of power, skills. He was outstanding.
“He did so many good things and then he got this contact with (Jordon) Ibe.
“In another situation I would have talked to him and said, ‘please try.’ But we can’t in a week of two ACL injuries. Come on.
“It is OK for Daniel (to miss the Spurs game). We need Daniel for sure and if we played this game on Thursday then maybe he would play. No problem.
“I trust 100% this player. If Daniel is back then he can play no problem. If he is not then I don’t think about it because if the medics and physiotherapists tell me it is not possible, then it is not possible. I don’t have to discuss it, just think about another solution.”