Klopp refuses to rule out Sturridge for Liverpool’s trip to Manchester City

“We have to think about him but, for example, we can take him to Manchester and he can train around the game.

“He has to train now, that is for sure.”

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Klopp is hopeful of having captain Jordan Henderson, who has been out since mid-August with a heel problem and then a broken bone in his foot, back with the first-team group in the coming days. And he also offered positive news on Mamadou Sakho, who sustained medial ligament damage against Crystal Palace immediately before the international break and was initially ruled out until January, with midfielder Jordan Rossiter returning to training on Sunday after a hamstring injury.

“Henderson is in a really good way. Next week maybe [he will be involved in] parts of team training,” he said.

“Mama is good news too. It is not that serious as we thought in the first moment. We don’t want to give a time scale.”

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Klopp had a visit this week from former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, on a post-season break from Major League Soccer with LA Galaxy, but the manager sought to play down their meeting.

“He is enjoying his holiday. It was good. I enjoyed the time together and we spoke about many things but if there is something to say about this it will be Stevie,” he said.

“He doesn’t want to play next week, he doesn’t want to train next week as he’s still on holiday.

“What I can say is if he wants to train he can, there is no question he can use Melwood as he has done for about 500 years, and then go back to LA and train and play.”

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