Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Daniel Sturridge was left out of the match against Tottenham Hotspur due to a slight injury worry, according to reports from the Daily Star.
The 26-year-old missed the majority of the previous campaign with a hip problem and has only recently returned before being forced to sit out of the 0-0 draw against Spurs with a light pain in his muscle.
Klopp came out to reveal that the striker’s latest setback is nothing serious, but he didn’t want to risk the player especially after seeing both Danny Ings and Joe Gomez tear their ACL last week.
“We had a bad week with injuries. The best news is it’s not a serious thing with Daniel but, in a week like this with two ACL, we could not risk it,” he said.
“Daniel had a one-on-one situation with Jordon Ibe in training. I didn’t see it but after he said he had a little pain in a muscle.”
Before the next round of Premier League fixtures, the Reds will have to host Rubin Kazan in the Europa League on Thursday, a possible return date for Sturridge according to his manager.
Another boost for Klopp is that Christian Benteke is close to returning to full fitness and is being tipped to either feature in midweek or at the weekend against Southampton.