Klopp is in the middle of preparation for his first semi-final as Liverpool manager, taking on Mark Hughes’ impressive Stoke outfit at the Britannia Stadium on Tuesday night.
Speaking to reporters on Monday afternoon to preview this first-leg clash, Klopp revealed that neither Henderson or Sturridge would be fit to feature.
“We don’t really know, we have to wait each day, hour, minute,” he explained in relation to the heel injury Henderson suffered in December’s 1-0 win over Sunderland.
“[Henderson’s] foot is good. It’s painful but it’s good.
“In this moment there is blood around the heel, so at this moment it’s impossible to train and to play.”
With their captain absent, however, Liverpool’s midfield suffered.
Sturridge has missed most of the season with various injuries, and is currently undergoing intensive training before Klopp risks him in a first-team outing.
“Daniel had some problems, not serious, but he couldn’t make the next session,” Klopp continued.
“It’s how a pre-season can be!
“I won’t hold him back, but in this moment, because he hasn’t had one session with the team, he’s not available.[td_ad_box spot_id=”custom_ad_1”]
“What Daniel has to do in this moment is to be prepared for the things we make in a football game.
“Had his last pre-season in , and during that period we load bodies with strength.
“What we have to do now is to try and fill his body with energy. It would be easy for me to say ‘come on, let’s try.’
“We have to be patient, we have to wait.”
But, despite this, the German reiterated how seriously he was taking the League Cup.[td_ad_box spot_id=”custom_ad_2″]
“We don’t have six, seven, eight players to change,” he admitted.
“We have to react on the impact of the last game, then decide. We want to win it.
“I cannot ignore the situation in the team after a number of games, we have to use each hour.”
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