Liverpool media round-up: Sturridge steps up recovery, Gomez on season-ending injury

A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Liverpool Football Club this Thursday morning.

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has stepped up his training after being sidelined with an injury and could be available for next weekend's huge clash with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, the Daily Mirror reports.

The report says that Sturridge has been working outside with the physios for the first time since picking up an injury which has ruled him out of Jurgen Klopp's first seven games in charge of the Reds.

The forward was widely thought to have had swelling on the knee, but the Mirror suggests a hip problem may have been the result of a collision with Jordon Ibe in training. 

Liverpool defender Joe Gomez has given an interview to the Liverpool Echo talking about the beginning of his recovery from an ACL injury that he suffered on international duty.

Gomez made a promising start to the season with the Reds after signing from Charlton Athletic in the summer but a challenge made during England Under-21's win over Kazakhstan meant that he would be sidelined for the remainder of his first season at Anfield.

He said: “My initial thought was ‘this is a bad one’. I was in agony but after about five minutes it started to ease off and I was thinking I might even be able to get back on. As it was late on and we were winning the game comfortably the physio said that wouldn’t be a good idea.

“Walking off I knew that something wasn’t right. I felt like something had given way in my knee because I had no stability."

The Echo has reported some progress for the 19-year-old, who has now been cleared to drive, can walk without crutches and do some more work in the gym.

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