Jurgen Klopp wants Daniel Sturridge to ease himself into the first team and not rush into training, as he is still recovering from the hamstring strain he picked up earlier in the month. The former Borussia Dortmund manager is so worried about his development that he does not want to see him in training, as it raises expectations in the squad and calls for inducting him into the first team sooner than expected.
Klopp was as quoted by the Mirror as saying: "I don't want to see him in training. Because everybody sees him training and they think 'oh, come on, bring him into the team, we need his quality'. But no. We really, really have to be patient now, we have to wait, we have to train, we have to give the body the right information, and if he can do this, then maybe we can change something."
The striker missed a major part of the year due to injury, but has remained Klopp's first choice to marshal his attack up front. Christian Benteke, who was signed from Aston Villa earlier this summer has not been able to gel well with the German's philosophy and has been linked with a move out of the club.
The German has been using Divock Origi while keeping Benteke on the bench to prove his point, despite the striker vindicating himself with a goal, which won them the game against Leicester City and motioned their revival. The Belgian is likely to see more action in the upcoming days with Origi having picked up a hamstring injury that could keep him out.
Sturridge proclaimed his return from injury in a celebratory message on Twitter. And Klopp reiterated that he will do everything in his power to bring Sturridge back to full fitness, but by taking it easy and not rushing him into action.
"I think this is absolutely the same thing that Daniel said four weeks ago, and we let him play and he was injured again," Klopp said and added, "He says this, you ask him and he says he's good. I know he is good, but he has to train. We can not change the situation, he has to train now.
"With him, these are most intensive weeks in training for Daniel Sturridge in the last three years. So now you can see what we have to do. We can not say, come on Daniel now you look good so you can play," he stressed.