Another Sturridge injury blow for Reds

LONDON • Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has suffered a fresh injury setback after a foot problem ruled him out of a return to action in Thursday's Europa League clash against Bordeaux.

He was hoping to feature in the Anfield game, which Liverpool won 2-1 to reach the last 32, as he looked to get back to action following a knee injury which had kept him out since early October.

However, he was sent for a scan after complaining of discomfort in a foot and is doubtful for tomorrow's Premier League clash against Swansea.

The 26-year-old had trained normally with the rest of Juergen Klopp's squad on Wednesday before the problem flared up.

Sturridge has played just three games this season after missing large chunks of last term due to his injury problems.

When asked for an update on the player's fitness and concerns over him in the long term, Klopp told a press conference: "We have to accept the situation and that is Dan was very often injured in last few months and maybe years.

"His body had to adapt to the new intensity of training and learn what is serious pain and what is only pain. Everybody wants him back but we all have to learn the situation. We have to stay patient.

"Usually, in a perfect world, you should train five weeks in a row when you have been out this long like in pre-season. But we know the world is not perfect so we have to try the best and quickest way."

The German said his team are not short in attack, with Christian Benteke, Divock Origi and Roberto Firmino all available.

The Reds go into the game on the back of a 4-1 victory over Manchester City but Klopp is still seeking a first home win in the league.

"We have to defend very well and if we can find spaces, we can be dangerous for them.

"If everyone is prepared for a big fight, it'll be a good game," he said.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 28, 2015, with the headline 'Another Sturridge injury blow for Reds'. Print Edition | Subscribe