Jurgen Klopp revealed at his pre-match press conference for Liverpool’s FA Cup tie against Plymouth Argyle that Daniel Sturridge will return to training today after limping off at the Stadium of Light.
Daniel Sturridge proved his worth as a centre-forward by showcasing his instincts for goal when he pounced on a loose ball in the Sunderland box on Monday to head the ball over Vito Mannone. The goal at the Stadium of Light was only Sturridge’s second Premier League game of the season as injuries continue to plague the Englishman.
Speaking at a press conference, Jurgen Klopp was quizzed about Sturridge’s fitness and the German responded, saying, “He [Sturridge] hasn’t trained until now. Probably today [he will train].”
It’s great news that the forward will be back in training but you have to wonder how long it will be until Sturridge’s next injury. He often gets criticised for his lack of fitness and being so injury prone but the reason Liverpool persist with him is because of what he can do when he is fit to play.
The 2013/14 season was a great one for Sturridge as, despite a few niggles throughout the season, he scored 21 goals in the Premier League – second only to Luis Suarez’ 31.
Liverpool persist with Sturridge in the hope that he turns a corner and finds a way to keep his body in a state which will allow him to play 20-25 games a season and help the club do great things. At the moment, Sturridge is playing second fiddle to Roberto Firmino and Divock Origi but it’s never a bad thing to have a player like Liverpool’s number 15 on the bench.
Plymouth Argyle will travel to Anfield on Sunday to challenge for progression to the next round of the FA Cup. Sturridge might appear if Klopp thinks he shows enough fitness in training but for now he’ll probably be rested for the English Football League Cup semi-final against Southampton on Wednesday.