LIVER­POOL

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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.”

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