Liverpool vs West Ham, FA Cup: Forget future plans, Daniel Sturridge must get fit, says Jurgen Klopp

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Daniel Sturridge has featured in just three games since Jürgen Klopp took over at Liverpool

Jürgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, says he has not given any thought to Daniel Sturridge’s long-term future, even though he does not know when the England forward might return to fitness.

Sturridge has managed just 106 minutes over three matches since Klopp succeeded Brendan Rodgers at Anfield and is not in contention for tonight’s FA Cup fourth-round visit of West Ham or Tuesday’s trip to the Premier League leaders Leicester.

“He is still working, sometimes it’s better, sometimes it’s a bit worse because of one or the other issues,” said Klopp. “He has done a lot of sessions in the last few weeks but it is always interrupted through a few breaks, so he needs consistency in sessions and that is what we try to do.

“With his injury history that is not coincidence, some things are not right if you are injured that often.

“I am not here to think about what happens with a player in the future, we have to work in this moment together with Daniel on his fitness.

“He is a very good player but in this moment he is not available, so we don’t have to talk too much about him.”