Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Daniel Sturridge will not be allowed to leave the club in January as the Reds need all players on deck if they are to launch a proper challenge for a top four spot and progress in the Champions League.
The England international wants to move out of the club for more game time as he wants to make the World Cup squad next summer after being dropped in last weeks friendlies against Germany and Brazil owing to a lack of starts in the league. Sturridge's camp is hoping that the Reds will let him go without any hue and cry with a loan deal also on the agenda for the England international.
Since arriving from Chelsea in January 2013, Sturridge has netted more than 60 goals, albeit most of them coming in the first two years of his transfer, which was followed by a spell injury.
For a start in the England squad, he will have to compete against the likes of Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford, Danny Welbeck and Jermain Defoe, for which he needs more gametime in the first-team at Anfield.
His problems have been exacerbated by Liverpool's brilliant form in the league, scoring seven past West Ham and Southampton, conceding only one in the process. However, Klopp is not keen to discuss the matter any further and stresses that he needs all his players till the end of the season.
"I can imagine a player with his quality is not happy that he is not starting all the time, but that's all," said Klopp, as quoted by Sky Sports. "The situation with the player is completely OK. At this moment we are in November and need all our players - even if he feels a little different.
"There is around one-and-a-half months before the window opens and I don't think about things like this. There are so many games before then and I need all of them (his players)," he added.