Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has played down recent reports claiming that Daniel Sturridge could leave Anfied at the end of the season in search for a new start. The German boss, meanwhile, has claimed he has "no problem" with Alex Teixeira's decision to join Chinese club Jiangsu Suning instead of waiting for the Premier League dream, having being targeted by the Reds and Chelsea during the January transfer window.
The Daily Mail and The Mirror reported on Friday 5 February that the former Manchester City and Chelsea striker Sturridge is determined to leave Anfield during the summer transfer window due to the criticism over his lack of desire to play for the Reds. The first publication added that Manchester United and Arsenal are on alert about the situation after the striker has just made just five Premier League appearances this season due to the recurrent injuries that he has suffered since the beginning of the 2014-2015 campaign.
When asked in the press conference ahead of the game against Sunderland about those rumours, Klopp said: "Why should I think about that? Who has suggested that? If somebody asks me something about this, I'm not interested in suggestions. [There's] nothing to say."
"Daniel's back in training for two days, it's great. So everything looks good at the moment."
Klopp, meanwhile, have lost Teixeira to Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning after the Reds had an offer rejected by Shakhtar to secure his services during the January transfer window. The Brazilian forward then claimed that he was likely to move to Anfield, but after completing a shock £38.4m ($55.9m) move to China instead he has accused Liverpool of not making a serious enough attempt to sign him.
He told Shakhtar's official website: "Let's put it like this: everyone always knew that I wanted to stay in Europe and move to the English Premier League . But, unfortunately, all the proposals that came from them, were somewhat windy and did not contain anything concrete. Now I have received a serious offer from China. Of course, I'm moving there. At this stage, the Brazil national team will move away from me a little further. But let's see what happens in the future."
But Klopp replied: "A lot of people in Europe talk about the power of England because of the TV deal. Maybe now it's China.
"It's an individual decision. If you are 26 and get an offer like he did then everyone would think about it. I have no problem with this. I don't think it's a sign in general."