Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp has said that Daniel Sturridge needs to understand the difference between “serious pain” and “pain”.
The striker was set to be included in the squad for the 2-1 win over Bordeaux, but he suffered a foot injury in training and sat the Europa League game out.
Twenty-six year old Sturridge is yet to feature since Klopp took over from Brendan Rodgers in early October and the German is showing signs of patience with the forward.
“I haven’t been here that long but I understand what everybody is saying.” he told his press conference today.
“We have to accept the situation and the situation is that Danny was very often injured in the last few months, maybe years.
“If it wasn’t for the quality of Danny nobody would think about it after this short time, to bring him back.
“What you need in this time is training and with Danny you have to learn to adapt to new intensity of training and you have to learn what is serious pain and what is only pain.” he added.
Sturridge has been an excellent goalscorer for the club since he arrived in January 2013, but he has managed to feature in approximately 50% of the matches since then.
He is also likely to sit out the game against Swansea City at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.
“Everybody wants him back but we have to learn that was the situation yesterday. The training for him was intensive, which is how it should be.” Klopp continued.
“We had some new things to talk about so we had to make some assessment and that’s what we did.
“Usually, in a perfect world, you should train five weeks in a row when you have been out this long like in pre-season.
“But we know the world is not perfect so we have to try the best and quickest way.” he finished.
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