Daniel Sturridge has finally returned to full training to give Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp a timely boost.
The injury-prone England striker hasn’t played since 6th December with the German manager admitting he would have to prove his fitness in training to be included in the first eleven.
And now Sturridge came out fully unscathed following a full session at Melwood on Wednesday, according to a report from Liverpool Echo.
The session, which saw all the available players who didn’t play Tuesday night’s defeat at Leicester, is the first step on the journey to recovery.
However, those who featured at the King Power Stadium took part in a general ‘recovery’ session.
Sturridge will be minutely assessed by Anfield medical team to make sure there is no adverse reaction after the full training session. It is also highly unlikely that he will be considered for Saturday’s match against Sunderland, or even next Tuesday’s FA Cup replay at West Ham.
Although the news will certainly be a welcome boost for Klopp as he wants to get a number of first-team regulars back into action as soon as possible to add some consistency to his team’s performances.
Meanwhile, Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi are expected to start full training on Thursday, as Martin Skrtel should be back working with his teammates early next week.
The injury to Danny Ings and Daniel Sturridge’s fitness problems are really costing Liverpool some crucial points. Christian Benteke has not been up to the mark in recent weeks and the decision to play Roberto Firmino up front is working, for now, it surely can’t be a long-term solution. Once again, Klopp’s team failed to get on the score sheet against Leicester City in their last league outing, which will be a major problem for the manager.
Klopp will be very much interested in having all the players available for the Capital One Cup final against Manchester City at Wembley later this month. Not only the Wembley final, Liverpool also have some important Premier League fixtures, as well as FA Cup and Europa League games, to concern themselves with.
Sturridge has struggled with repeated injury setbacks since Jurgen Klopp’s arrival back in October and hasn’t been able to train with the first team squad for six long weeks, and the new German boss is now visibly frustrated as he cannot call upon the former Chelsea attacker, who has only started only four matches this term and 13 in last season. Some reports suggest Jurgen Klopp is believed to have lost patience with the striker due to his fitness issues.