Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists Daniel Sturridge must prove he is more ‘robust’ before he is fully thrown back into first-team action.
The 26-year-old was on the bench for Saturday’s 4-1 win at Manchester City, the first time he has featured in a matchday squad for the German, but he is not guaranteed a run-out in the Europa League at home to Bordeaux on Thursday.
Klopp has stressed the need for the England international to prove he will not suffer any more injury breakdowns, having seen last season decimated by thigh and calf problems which resulted in a hip operation in May.
His latest set-back was a knock to his knee in training and, while he has recovered from that, it does not mean an instant return to the starting line-up.
‘Daniel is coming closer and closer so he can train now seven or eight times in a row – that is the longest period since I’ve been here – and that will help him and in the end help us,’ Klopp said.
‘My decision you will see (on Thursday) but it is closer and that is very good. The most important thing in these weeks is he can train without problems.
‘We have to try to bring in a situation where he is more robust. If he is feeling in a good moment maybe a few minutes – or more – we will see in the game.’
Klopp may opt to use Christian Benteke against the French side, having utilised the Belgium striker off the bench at the Etihad Stadium in order to implement his game-plan.

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