Jurgen Klopp has rubbished suggestions that Daniel Sturridge wants to leave Liverpool this summer.
Friday morning’s newspapers reported that Sturridge was ‘set to quit’ Anfield in a bid to rescue his career, which has been curtailed through numerous injury problems suffered during his three-year stay on Merseyside.
The 26-year-old has been linked with Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham, West Ham and Arsenal – please, let it be Arsenal – as a result, but manager Klopp has criticised the media’s reporting of the claims.
“The Daniel ‘story’? There is no story,” Klopp said. “You can’t create stories then ask me about them. It’s not frustrating, it’s not interesting.
“Why should I think about it. Who suggested it?
“If someone wants to ask me something about what they have heard about then they can ask me but not ‘suggestions’. I am not interested in this. Absolutely nothing.
“Daniel has been back in training two days and that is great so everything looks good in this moment. Now is normal for all training.
“I have heard nothing. Obviously there were a few problems in the past with a few injuries, but not since I was here, and that is part of the truth.
“But this is the past and I would be cool if we could leave it there and we can start from now on. What Daniel needs, what each player needs, is consistent training. That is normal to be fit for the Premier League.”
Klopp confirmed that while Sturridge would not feature against Sunderland on Saturday, the England international could face West Ham in the FA Cup fourth round on Tuesday.