Jurgen Klopp has revealed he hopes to have Daniel Sturridge available for Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Southampton.
Sturridge was missing for Klopp’s first game at Tottenham with a knee injury he picked up in training, but the German boss claims the frontman is getting “better and better”.
“That’s the reason for this paper. Most of them not available for the next games,” said Klopp at Wednesday’s press conference, after he was asked about his note pad.
“Sturridge is getting better and better. Yesterday was the first time outside. The target for him is Sunday.”
Klopp also confirmed that Christian Benteke, Roberto Firmino and Dejan Lovren have returned to training, but according to Klopp are “no option” for either of this week’s matches.
“We have three players back in training, Firmino, Benteke and Lovren. More options but not really starting options. We will see what we need for this game. It’s very good for us that these players are back.
“[Danny] Ings and [Joe] Gomez had their operations. It was a positive and they are on their way back. There were no complications.”
On Thursday, the Reds face Rubin Kazan in the Europa League, in what will be Klopp’s first home match since his arrival earlier this month.
“I can’t say much about the atmosphere at Anfield but I want to go there and see it and feel it,” said Klopp.
“I’m really looking forward to my first home game. [It will be a] special atmosphere and I hope we can take this atmosphere and transport it into the game.”
Klopp also said he would be honoured if the fans make a special effort for his home debut and hinted the club’s owners may be present.
“It’s OK if people want to be the loudest they’ve ever been… in a positive way! The special atmosphere of Anfield will be very welcome.
“I hope the owners being here will make it more special. I’ve heard so much about Anfield,” he added.