29 Oct 2015

Massive News: Klopp confirms 'awesome' £140k-a-week Liverpool crock 'can play' against Chelsea. Sturridge still out.

After a morale boosting victory over Bournemouth, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed some good news on the injury front, and confirmed that one of the club's key players is available for Saturday's crunch clash with Chelsea.

When asked in his post-match interview whether Christian Benteke and Daniel Sturridge are available for the trip to Stamford Bridge, Klopp told Sky Sports:

"Benteke can play. He was only out for two days, so I'm pretty sure [he'll be ready]. Sturridge is a no.

"There's no opportunity for the weekend. He'll need to train longer to physically confident enough to play.

After another anaemic performance from Divock Origi, the return of Benteke [salary] £140k-a-week - will undoubtedly be a massive boost for Liverpool, but is it a wise idea to rush him straight back into the team?

Chelsea is a massive game, but after his recent injury layoff, 'awesome' Benteke lasted just one full game before picking up yet another issue.

As such, perhaps the most prudent thing to do is start him on the bench.

That said, Origi doesn't look like he'll ever score, so Klopp's may be forced to bring Benteke straight back into the fold.

Benteke's injury appears to be minor, but he hasn't trained yet this week, and two days (which will basically amount to 4-6 hours of actual training) is arguably not enough time to get back up to speed.

As for Sturridge - I doubt anyone is surprised that he's in the midst of yet another lengthy injury layoff.

If - on his return - Benteke can stay fit and get a run of games in, then Sturridge striker may find it very difficult to get back in the team.

It'll be even harder if Klopp signs a striker during the January transfer window, and given the abject unreliability of the current strike-force, there's every possibility that might happen.

Pierre-Emerick Abumeyang is currently linked with a move to Anfield, if the Reds somehow contrived to sign him during the January transfer window, Sturridge's repeated injury absences will become a non-issue.

Author: Jaimie K


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