English Premiership

Klopp rejects Sturridge transfer speculation

2016-12-03 12:14
Daniel Sturridge (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has made it abundantly clear he has no intention of selling striker Daniel Sturridge in January, amidst reported interest from West Ham United.

The England international has been utilised sparingly by the German tactician this season due to a series a niggling injury problems.

And, with the 27-year-old set to miss out again this weekend, against Bournemouth, Klopp was again quizzed over the future of the striker.

"There is absolutely no thought to sell any player from the first-team squad. I don't think it would make sense," a defiant Klopp told reporters.

"Unfortunately Daniel is not in training now and that is what I am more concerned about than any transfer rumours - but I am prepared for everything you could ask me in January."

While Sturridge will play no part against the Cherries, Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino are facing a race against time to be fit for Sunday's encounter at Vitality Stadium.

Klopp added: "Adam's first session was yesterday and it was good but of course we need to see how he reacts to the intensity of the training because it was quite intense for him.

"Roberto (Firmino) trained yesterday too. He still has a little bit of pain but it is painful but not serious. He's quite a tough guy and came through the session yesterday so we will see how he reacts."

Klopp's side next travel to the Vitality Stadium where they will face Bournemouth on Sunday.

Kick off is at 15:30.

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