Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp clears up Daniel Sturridge injury situation

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Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge has been ruled out of action with a hamstring strain.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says Daniel Sturridge’s latest injury isn’t that serious but hinted they may need to go easier on him upon his return, the Daily Mail report.

After spending much of the past 18 months on the sidelines, Sturridge returned to action last week, only to suffer yet another setback during the 2-0 defeat at Newcastle United on Sunday.

Initial tests suggested that the striker would be out over the festive period with a hamstring injury, yet Klopp played down a lengthy absence and says he could be back in action within 10 days.

“It is no knee, no hip, no foot… It’s just a little hamstring. But this is a sign that it was too much for him. So we have to see,” Klopp told reporters.

“Now we have 10 days, I would say, until we think about if he should play. That would be the Watford game, maybe; eight days might be the longest time he has trained for in the last year.

“Then maybe he is ready to play 20-25 minutes like it is.”

However, the popular German coach also hinted that due to Sturridge missing pre-season, he is more susceptible to repetitive injuries and this could affect his ability to play three games a week.

Klopp added: “In this moment, he cannot play three games in a week. If you have a normal pre-season, if you have a normal period of time training, then you are ready for this.”

Sturridge has had more than his fair share of injury problems of late and it’s starting to get to the point where questions are being asked of his long-term durability.

The striker has an abundance of talent, as proved by his recent two-goal haul in the 6-1 thrashing of Southampton at St. Mary’s, yet the Reds need him to be available more often.

Former player Dietmar Hamann told Talksport that Sturridge is becoming a luxury the Merseyside outfit can’t afford, an opinion which could soon strengthen unless the striker keeps himself fit.

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