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Video: Jurgen Klopp gives Daniel Sturridge fitness update ahead of busy week for Liverpool

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Daniel Sturridge is no closer to a return to action and will not feature in Liverpool’s two upcoming cup matches.

The Reds boss confirmed at his Monday press conference that the injury-plagued striker had missed training sessions this week as he strives to return to full fitness.

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Sturridge last played on December 6 and Klopp has ruled him out of Tuesday’s League Cup semi-final first leg at Stoke City, according to Liverpool’s official Twitter account.

The 26-year-old is also unlikely to play any part in Liverpool’s FA Cup third-round trip to League Two minnows Exeter City on Friday despite his own confidence in his fitness.

The England international is quoted by BBC Sport as saying, as recently as Boxing Day, that he is ready to make his comeback from his latest layoff – another hamstring injury.

Sturridge has scored 37 goals in 47 Premier League starts for Liverpool, but has only played six times since April and his unreliability is becoming a real dilemma for Klopp.

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