Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has aimed a thinly veiled dig an injury-ravaged striker Daniel Sturridge, who is set for another spell on the sidelines.
The England international was set to return to first-team action during the Reds’ Europa League win over Bordeaux on Thursday night after making a comeback from a knee problem that had sidelined him for the best part of two months.
However, news broke just hours before kick-off that Sturridge had hobbled out of training complaining of a foot problem, which is expected to see him return to the treatment table – albeit the length of his potential absence is unknown.
This latest set-back has frustrated fans of the club who have seen their talismanic striker out of action for the best part of 18 months with thigh, calf and hip problems.
Many have questioned his mentality when it comes to his fitness, and speaking ahead of Liverpool’s weekend game with Swansea, Klopp appeared to do the same:
“His body had to adapt to the new intensity of training and learn what is serious pain and what is only pain.” He is quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
“Everyone wants him back on the pitch but we all have to learn. Training for him was intensive. But we have to stay patient.
“I am sorry for you, sorry for me, sorry for him”
Sturridge returned to the Liverpool bench for last weekend’s win over Manchester City, but was an unused substitute.
He has featured only three times in league action this term, scoring twice in the 3-2 victory over Aston Villa at Anfield.