Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Daniel Sturridge will play no part against Stoke, while he will not “rush” Jordan Henderson.
Sturridge remains sidelined with his 427th injury of his Liverpool career, with the England striker having started just once and played three times under Klopp since his appointment as manager in early October.
The 26-year-old missed the start of the season under Brendan Rodgers with a hip injury, before suffering a knee injury within a couple of weeks of his return in September. He has now been out with a hamstring injury since early December. Klopp has ruled him out of a return against Stoke in the Capital One Cup semi-final first leg.
“Daniel had some problems, not serious, but he couldn’t make the next session,” Klopp said of his striker. “I won’t hold him back. But in this moment, because he hasn’t had one session with the team, he’s not available. When he’s had a row of sessions, I will pick him.
“Daniel had his last pre-season in 2011. During that period we load bodies with strength. We’re trying to fill his body with energy.”
Klopp also discussed the return of his captain, Jordan Henderson. The midfielder has struggled with a heel injury all season, starting just six Premier League games. The 25-year-old is a doubt to face Stoke on Tuesday.
“We have to wait,” said the German. “What’s happened with the tendon is painful. There is blood around the heel. We can’t rush it.”