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
"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.