Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has defended his stance on crocked Reds striker Daniel Sturridge, according to the Daily Star.
The 26-year old England international has been rocked with persistent injury issues over the past two seasons, and fell foul to a tight hamstring in early December following his return.
He’s only played three times under the German since his appointment in October, scoring two goals in the win Capital One Cup win over Southampton.
Question marks over the ability of the former Chelsea and Man City youngster to string enough games together in order to be considered a reliable option going forward have been raised.
However, Klopp has defended the star and remains hopeful of having him back this month ahead of a busy New Year schedule.
Still, the former Borussia Dortmund manager insists he will not take risks with Sturridge and will wait to be assured of his fitness.
‘I am not holding him back, I am trying to get him fit’, revealed the 46-year old.
‘He trained intensively and now he must see how he reacts. I want to have him in the best shape, that is all.’
‘We have to think always. The best thing would be another two weeks.’