Jurgen Klopp has provided an update on the many injuries suffered within his Liverpool squad, with Daniel Sturridge returning to full training.
Sturridge made his return to full training this week, and declared himself “fit and ready to go” for Saturday’s clash with Manchester City.
Speaking to reporters at Melwood on Thursday, Klopp suggested that though he had not decided whether Sturridge could feature, the striker’s return could see him make an appearance.
“He’s as good as he can be,” he said.
“He trained with us, of course he’s not 100 percent and now we have to see.
“I don’t know what I’ll do tomorrow, when I build a squad.
“I have to think about it, his quality is outstanding, but everybody needs training and I think today it was the third full exercise with the team after five weeks break.
“But as a striker sometimes five minutes are enough, so we have to see. I have to decide this tomorrow.”
Klopp also spoke about managing the striker’s fitness, with Sturridge having made just three appearances for the Reds this season after hip and knee injuries.
“For four and a half weeks he couldn’t train,” he explained.
“But because he’s that skilled a guy, after a few minutes you see maybe he should [play]!
“He has a five-year contract and everybody wants to see more of him on the pitch, so we have to try [to manage his fitness].”
The 48-year-old also provided an update on Jordon Ibe, Kolo Toure and James Milner, who are all likely to return to his squad at the Etihad Stadium, as well as a further update on long-term absentees Jordan Rossiter, Jordan Henderson and Mamadou Sakho.
“Rossiter will start on Sunday with normal team training,” he continued.
“Henderson is in a really good way, next week maybe parts of team training – we’ll see.
“Mama is not that serious, I could say.
“I don’t want to give you a time, you can ask everyday, but it’s not Christmas 2016 – so that’s good!
“It’s good news, not too serious.”
Klopp also confirmed that Jose Enrique had returned to first-team training for the first time since his arrival as Liverpool manager, with the lesser-spotted Spaniard bolstering his left-back ranks.
The German spent the international break with eight regular first-team players, and is now planning for Saturday’s trip to Manchester with the rest of his squad.