Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge could return for the Merseyside derby later in December, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed.
Sturridge has been out of action since picking up a calf injury before Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Sunderland last month – speaking ahead of the home game against West Ham on Sunday, Klopp stated he was unwilling to put a potential return date for the former Chelsea and Manchester City striker, insisting it puts him under unnecessary pressure.
“I learned pretty early I [shouldn’t] make pressure by making timelines so why should I do it?” Klopp revealed, as quoted by Liverpool’s official club website.
“He will be back as quickly as possible, but I have no idea at this moment. If he is not training with the team at the moment then we don’t have to think about him for West Ham, or think about him for Middlesbrough.
“Maybe [after] then but I have no idea! It would be nice [to have him back for Everton] but I really have no idea.”
The former Borussia Dortmund manager also revealed Sturridge is not yet training with the first-team squad, and reiterated he had no idea as to when he would be available.
“[We have] no real idea. Until now he didn’t train on the pitch – maybe today but it wasn’t 100 per cent clear yesterday,” Klopp continued.
“He will go out today on the pitch but that means starting the football work not with the team but only the rehab coach. I have no idea when he is back.”