Meanwhile, Liverpool take on Manchester City on Sunday and will be keen to avenge their 5-0 drubbing from earlier in the season. "He always liked me as a player and I would be a liar if I said he didn't try".
But the Liverpool boss suggested that the trio will remain on the sidelines when City visit Anfield as they need to build up their match fitness before returning to action.
"I like Phil, he was a fantastic player". The teams that created the most trouble to Man City are the teams are the bottom of the league.
City are extending their reach, too, with a worldwide network of clubs that bear their name. But the Germany international believes that history presents an exciting opportunity for his team this weekend.
"It is a good test for us". It is now the time to change the fortune for the side.
He went on to praise Jurgen Klopp for his impact at Liverpool, stating that the purchase of Virgil van Dijk would make the Reds very tough. Reid took up the attack and was brought down in the area by Stones. In fact, the embrace between Jurgan Klopp and Pep Guardiola is likely to be the warmest place in England on the night.
The club have decided that they'd be willing to sell him, even to another Premier League side, and have named their price at £30 million for the 28 year old. "We have a lot of games to go, and a lot of hurdles to take, but everything is possible".
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Liverpool are, bizarrely, both stronger and weaker at the same time.
"Yes I think he will bring something - not he will, he has to, he must bring something".
"Raheem Sterling, John Stones, Kyle Walker, every one of them is a really good person, we have fun with everyone, a laugh with everyone". In games where we don't score many goals, we still feel quite sure we won't concede much.
"At this point, it just fits automatically". He felt it there.
All eyes will be on Anfield on Sunday as play host to runaway leaders. I do not know why because you would like to think they struggle against teams like Chelsea and the like.
"There is even more potential in this team". They famously ended that 49-game unbeaten league run in a fiery United-Arsenal match to end all United-Arsenal matches. "That feels more important to me than assisting or scoring". "We lost plenty of players at Dortmund. I can't give enough thanks to the manager here, the club and it's been fantastic for me". Just a different player.
In total, Sturridge has started just five competitive games in the current campaign and appeared off the bench a further nine times.