Matip was also unavailable at the start of the season, having undergone surgery in an effort to solve his recurring problems but Klopp says while it’s in a similar area, it’s not the same injury.
“Better and better and better,” Klopp said, when asked about the Cameroonian’s recovery.
“It’s not the same injury but it’s the same region.
“We could have tried to bring him in at Everton, but then it would have been a 95 percent probability that he’s out for the next game.
“So we decided to give him the time he needed to really settle. These problems have been there for a few weeks.
“It’s always been close. We tried everything, but then you have to accept how it is.
“He doesn’t feel it’s possible. If it’s not 100 percent comfortable it makes it really difficult.
“I spoke to him a few minutes ago, he felt positive, but he’s been out a few days’ training, and if we have players already in training, we choose them.”
Asked what role Sturridge can play for the rest of the season, Klopp cast a positive glow, but insisted he would remain patient regarding the striker’s fitness.
“[He will play an] important part! But how could he be as fit as the other players?” he continued.
“We know about his qualities. That was never doubted. Now he’s back in training and each session helps him a lot.
“He’s in good shape, but there are intense games, a lot of games, so we have to manage it.
“I’m really happy to have a really outstanding option back for selection.”