Jurgen Klopp continues to play a patient game with Daniel Sturridge and insists the striker 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 that does not mean he will get a run-out in the Europa League at home to Bordeaux on Thursday.
“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,” Klopp said. “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.”
Meanwhile, Steven Gerrard has confirmed he will train with his former club next week and is relishing the opportunity to work with Klopp, but has ruled out a return to a playing role.
The 35-year-old said: “I’m going to go in for a couple of weeks and work with Mr Klopp so I’m really looking forward to that, to see what he’s about and try and learn a few things from him.”