Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge will play no part in his side’s encounter with Sunderland on Saturday after picking up a calf strain.
As noted by The Times’ Paul Joyce in the tweet below, it’s said to be a minor problem but it’s enough to ensure that the England international is ruled out of action this weekend.
Daniel Sturridge absent with minor calf strain for Liverpool v Sunderland
— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) November 26, 2016
The 27-year-old will be desperate to force his way into the starting line-up at Anfield having been limited to just 11 appearances in all competitions so far this season.
Having failed to start in any of the last four Premier League outings, two of which he spent the entire game on the bench, it will be a frustrating setback for the former Manchester City and Chelsea forward although it doesn’t sound as though it will sideline him for an extended period of time.
Nevertheless, the likes of Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho will have to try and inspire Liverpool to a win over David Moyes’ men as they look to continue to put pressure on Premier League leaders Chelsea.
After a disappointing goalless draw with Southampton last weekend, Jurgen Klopp will be hoping for a more clinical edge to his side’s play this time out, although it will be difficult as confidence should be high for Sunderland after their big win over Hull City last weekend.