Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has denied claims that he’s losing patience with Daniel Sturridge and the striker’s continued injury struggles.
The England international has been plagued by injuries during his time at the club had has played just 108 minutes since the German boss took over the reins at Anfield.
Klopp set Sturridge the challenge of training for ten successive days in what he labelled a mini pre-season for the striker, though the 26-year-old has yet to string together several training sessions.
There had been suggestions of late that Klopp had lost patience with Sturridge and was looking to sell, with West Ham linked with a move in recent days.
“Make a decision about what? I have two-and-a-half years left on my contract and I’ve been here three or four months. That’s not a problem,” he told the Liverpool Echo.
“I had 15 months with Ilkay Gundogan where we had to all wait but it was his back and we had no chance to force it. It’s not a back problem with Daniel but it’s the muscle.
“Out of responsibility, we have to do everything we can to give him the physical strength to be able to play Premier League football.
“We all know it’s pretty easy for him when he’s fit, but at this moment he isn’t. We cannot change this and I am not thinking about making a general decision (about him) at the moment.”
In the meantime, Liverpool have reportedly submitted a £24,5 million bid for Shakhtar Donetsk forward Alex Teixeira in an attempt to solve their goal-scoring woes this season.