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Klopp unsure when Sturridge will return

AAP logoAAP 9/12/2016

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp admits he does not know when striker Daniel Sturridge will be fit to return.

The England international has not played since November 19 because of a calf problem and his manager has already ruled him out of their next two matches against West Ham, this weekend, and Middlesbrough.

Even then, Klopp will put no timetable on when the 27-year-old will be ready to return - which is an issue considering Danny Ings has been ruled out for the rest of the season with knee ligament damage and Philippe Coutinho is out until the new year with an ankle injury.

"I have no idea when he will be back," Klopp said.

"Until now he didn't train. He wasn't 100 per cent yesterday but he will be on the pitch today but that means starting the work. He won't be with the team."

Asked what he could do about it the German, who said Sturridge was "not happy" added: "Nothing. Wait. That is my job.

"That is the life of football. You cannot force things like this.

"It is not important what the name of the player is or the quality of the player, you have to wait until they are back.

"Sometimes you have to wait a little bit longer because you decide then what we had in the past (was better) and a few days' training would be nice before we start them again.

"Of course it is not perfect in our situation with Phil and Danny.

"I can't make pressure with making timelines. Hopefully he will be back as quick as possible but at this moment I have no idea.

Sturridge has made just 11 appearances this season, six as substitute, and his only goals have come in the EFL Cup with two apiece against Burton and Tottenham.

His latest problem is his 22nd different injury since arriving on Merseyside in January 2013.

Sturridge made just 14 Premier League appearances last season and only 12 in the 2014/15 campaign and has never made a league start for Liverpool in the month of December.

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