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Reds desperate to make Sturridge stronger, says Klopp

By Staff Reporter

Jurgen Klopp admits Liverpool need to make injury-plagued striker Daniel Sturridge more resilient before they can expect to see him play consistently.

The England international is out for a number of weeks with a hamstring strain sustained in Sunday's 2-0 defeat at Newcastle - only his sixth appearance since April 8.

Manager Klopp has previously said the 26-year-old needs to differentiate between "pain and serious pain" but accepts without a proper pre-season behind him the forward is more susceptible to injury breakdowns.

"It's a hamstring injury and it's not easy to say when he is back for us," Klopp said ahead of tonight's final Europa League group tie against Sion in Switzerland.

"There are two different things we have to look on. The one is the injury and the other is how we bring him into shape so it's not so intensive for him when he needs to train.

"The good thing with the muscle injury is he could start to run and all the other things he needs, but not play football.

"The injury is not that serious but we have to build up his resistance. You have to cool down this situation a bit and help him be more resistant."

In Sturridge's absence youngster Divock Origi, who scored a hat-trick a week ago in the Capital One Cup demolition of Southampton, is in line to start in a match Liverpool only have to draw to top their group, having qualified in their previous match.

"I think for me it will be a new opportunity for me to prove myself and I will be ready if the coach needs me," said the Belgium international.

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