Daniel Sturridge and Mamadou Sakho have not travelled with the Liverpool squad to Switzerland for tomorrow nights Champions League clash with FC Basel.
Sturridge has missed Liverpool’s last five matches with a thigh injury picked up whilst on international duty, whilst Sakho has been disciplined by manager Brendan Rodgers for walking out of Anfield before the Merseyside derby, having been informed he was not a part of the match-day squad.
Sturridge was expected to be fit to play some part in Saturday’s derby, but Rodgers revealed the 25-year-old was ‘never really close’ having failed to train the day before.
Sturridge took part in a private training session with Rodgers on Sunday, but has still been deemed not fit enough to travel.
That means Mario Balotelli looks set to lead the line once again for Liverpool, with the Italian’s only goal in his first six matches for the Reds coming in the opening group game win over FC Ludogorets.
Sturridge will hope to be fit to play some part in Saturday’s Premier League game against West Brom at Anfield, whilst it remains unclear what disciplinary action Rodgers will take against Sakho for his walk out.
The French defender apologised for his actions on Saturday evening, posting on Twitter: “I really want to apologise to the club, the supporters and every person who felt offended when I left the stadium this afternoon.”
“I’m aware that it was a bad choice from my part to go isolating to watch the game.”