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Published: 12:37 | 17/12/15

Klopp plays down Sturridge injury

Jurgen Klopp has played down suggestions that Daniel Sturridge's latest injury setback could see him sidelined for a considerable spell.

It emerged on Tuesday that Sturridge had suffered a hamstring injury during Liverpool's 2-0 defeat to Newcastle, prompting fears that he was facing another lengthy spell out.

The England international has only just returned from hip, foot and knee injuries, but Klopp is hopeful he could be available before the turn of the year.

"The injury is not that serious. The last time he trained, he got 60 minutes at Southampton, which was quite good, and then another 30 at Newcastle, which was not that good because in one of the first moments when he had a shot at goal, he felt something in the muscle," he said. "It's not that serious, but it's not possible to play. Now we have to build up his resistance. It is like it is. We have to help him be more resistant for all the games we have."

Sturridge has been plagued by injury problems in recent years and Klopp admits the club must learn how to manage his fitness if he is to avoid another lengthy spell out.

"It's a hamstring and it's not easy to say when he can be back for us. There are two different things we have to look at -- the one thing is the injury and the other is how we can bring him into a shape that is not so intensive for him, so he needs to train," Klopp told reporters.

"The good thing with the muscle injury is that early [on] he can start to run and to train -- not football but all the other things he needs. If you look at his history in the last months, and maybe the last year, it's not a long time he's been able to train.

"With all the games [we have], we have to find the specific point when it's possible to bring him [on] for minutes and what makes most sense for his general shape.

"I can't say at this moment what we will do exactly, but we'll have to look at it. Now we have 10 days, I would say, until we think about if he should play: that would be the Watford game maybe.

"If he can run in eight days - eight days might be the longest time he has trained for in the last year - and be ready for physical training then maybe he is ready to play 20-25 minutes like it is.

"That's how it is in a usual situation for other players like this. After Watford we then have a normal week [before Leicester at home on Boxing Day], then we have another six days where he could maybe train. If the world is perfect!

"Then we will have 16 days where he has trained at a high intensity, so that would be a big step for us. We have to look for this now."

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