Jurgen Klopp has not yet seen Daniel Sturridge play since taking over Liverpool, but he had some words to say about his injured striker.
Klopp said that Sturridge needs to learn “what is serious pain or what is only pain” after the striker missed Thursday’s Europa League meeting with Bordeaux with a light foot problem.
“I have not been that long here but I understand why everyone is waiting, but we have to accept the situation,” Klopp told The Guardian. “The situation is Daniel has been very often injured in the last months and years. It is normal that when you get back in training for this to happen.
“If it wasn’t for Daniel’s quality no one would think about him being back on the pitch after such a short time. What you need in times like this is training. Your body has to learn to new intensity of training and you have to learn what is serious pain or what is only pain. Of course everyone wants him back on the pitch.”
Sturridge had been practicing for eight straight days with the team before suffering a foot problem after a shooting exercise.
“The training for him was intensive, how it should be, and then we had some new things to talk about,” Klopp said. “We had to make an assessment and that is what we did. Now we can say it’s not that serious but he still can’t go on as before. That’s completely normal after a long injury.
“If you think since last season he has only been able to play these three games, one against Aston Villa in which he scored two goals, and two others. Last season, he had the surgery; it has been a really long period out now we have to stay patient I am sorry to say. Sorry for me, sorry for you, sorry for him but that’s the situation.”