Klopp hopeful on Benteke, but unsure on Sturridge

Matt Stead

Jurgen Klopp believes Christian Benteke will be fit to face Chelsea on Saturday, but admits he will “have to wait” with regards to Daniel Sturridge.

Klopp made nine changes from the team which drew at home to Southampton on Sunday, retaining only Clyne and Divock Origi – and the latter was out of necessity as he had to protect front-line striker Christian Benteke’s troublesome hamstring.

Benteke was thought to be a major doubt for the trip to Stamford Bridge, but Klopp now believes the Belgian could return on Saturday. The German is still waiting to be able to select Daniel Sturridge for the first time as the England striker is still hampered by a knee injury.

“We have to talk about Daniel when he can train,” he added.

“I don’t know how much but four, five, six, seven, eight days is normal.

“It is not important how good you are, it is only important you have enough strength to play in this really intensive league.

“There is no pressure from me. I have to wait. If he is back then he has to train.

“Christian, I think, will be fit on Saturday. With our striker situation we can take absolutely no risk.

“Divock came on and worked really hard.”