Jurgen Klopp has ruled out the sale of Daniel Sturridge in January, despite reports suggesting the striker has become unhappy at his bit part role.
The striker has played a total of 430 minutes of football this season, scoring three goals and providing a further two assists in his limited game time. This has led to speculation that former Manchester City and Chelsea striker would demand a move in January in an attempt to force his way into Gareth Southgate’s England squad for next summers World Cup squad.
The England manager has not selected Sturridge in any of his squads since taking over from Sam Allardyce, insisting that he will only select players who are playing regularly for their club sides.
Speaking ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League fixture against Sevilla, Klopp was adamant that he would not be sold:
“It’s a story. But actually I am not really interested in stories.
“The situation with the player is completely okay.
“I can imagine a player with his quality is not happy that he is not starting all the time. I really can imagine that. But that’s all.
“At this moment we need all our players. We have November, even if he feels a little different.
“There is around one-and-a-half months to go before the window opens and I don’t think for a second about things like this. There are so many games before then and I need all of them.”
Sturridge has been linked with moves to Newcastle and West Ham, while Everton are also known to be desperately looking to add a striker to their ranks.