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  • Daniel Sturridge came down with a virus and missed first day of training camp
  • The Reds squad is currently in La Manga with no FA Cup or European action
  • Liverpool have released a statement saying the striker has been sent back home  
  • Sturridge's condition did not improve after suffering with the illness all week 

By Elliott Bretland for MailOnline

Published: 06:45 EST, 17 February 2017 | Updated: 07:44 EST, 17 February 2017

Daniel Sturridge has been sent home from Liverpool's mid-season training camp in Spain after being struck down by a virus.

The Reds striker flew to La Manga, south-east of Spain, on Wednesday despite feeling unwell and his condition did not improve in the following days.

He was forced to sit out Liverpool's first full day of warm weather and remained at the team hotel on Thursday after medical staff decided it was best he didn't train.

Jurgen Klopp's men have travelled to Spain with no FA Cup action or European football to occupy them ahead of their next Premier League clash against Leicester on Monday February 27.

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, pictured Sunday, was struck down a virus on Thursday Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, pictured Sunday, was struck down a virus on Thursday

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, pictured Sunday, was struck down a virus on Thursday

The forward missed Liverpool's first full day in La Manga and remained in the club's hotel The forward missed Liverpool's first full day in La Manga and remained in the club's hotel

The forward missed Liverpool's first full day in La Manga and remained in the club's hotel

Philippe Coutinho closes down Alberto Moreno on day two of Liverpool's La Manga camp Philippe Coutinho closes down Alberto Moreno on day two of Liverpool's La Manga camp

Philippe Coutinho closes down Alberto Moreno on day two of Liverpool's La Manga camp

Reds' new-found left back James Milner knocks the ball past Adam Lallana in training Reds' new-found left back James Milner knocks the ball past Adam Lallana in training

Reds' new-found left back James Milner knocks the ball past Adam Lallana in training

Emre Can fends off Estonian Ragnar Klavan and young defender Trent Alexander-Arnold Emre Can fends off Estonian Ragnar Klavan and young defender Trent Alexander-Arnold

Emre Can fends off Estonian Ragnar Klavan and young defender Trent Alexander-Arnold

Liverpool's star forward Coutinho continues to build his fitness in the south-east of Spain Liverpool's star forward Coutinho continues to build his fitness in the south-east of Spain

Liverpool's star forward Coutinho continues to build his fitness in the south-east of Spain

Jurgen Klopp holds court on the second day of training in the mid-season camp Jurgen Klopp holds court on the second day of training in the mid-season camp

Jurgen Klopp holds court on the second day of training in the mid-season camp

Captain Jordan Henderson slides in a pass to Cameroonian centre back Joel Matip Captain Jordan Henderson slides in a pass to Cameroonian centre back Joel Matip

Captain Jordan Henderson slides in a pass to Cameroonian centre back Joel Matip

The squad go through their warm-up routine on an overcast day at their camp in La Manga The squad go through their warm-up routine on an overcast day at their camp in La Manga

The squad go through their warm-up routine on an overcast day at their camp in La Manga

However, forward Sturridge will be disappointed at missing out on an opportunity to impress the manager.

The forward has been limited to just 14 league appearnaces this season which have yielded only two goals for the England international.

He was left on the bench for Liverpool's 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, their first league win in 2017. 

In Sturridge's absence, the Liverpool squad were put through their paces with two training sessions having headed to training on bikes on Thursday morning.

Liverpool stopper Loris Karius works at stamping his mark on the No 1 spot for Klopp's side Liverpool stopper Loris Karius works at stamping his mark on the No 1 spot for Klopp's side

Liverpool stopper Loris Karius works at stamping his mark on the No 1 spot for Klopp's side

Youngster Yan Dhanda joins in with the team drills during day two in Spain Youngster Yan Dhanda joins in with the team drills during day two in Spain

Youngster Yan Dhanda joins in with the team drills during day two in Spain

Klopp puts his side through their paces as training ramps up as the week goes on  Klopp puts his side through their paces as training ramps up as the week goes on 

Klopp puts his side through their paces as training ramps up as the week goes on 

Playmaker Adam Lallana looked right at home on two wheels, leading the way to the session before dismounting stylishly.

But Klopp and a few of his players appeared a little less comfortable, with Sadio Mane looking tentative on a bike and James Milner sporting a fetching blue helmet.

They did seem to be enjoy themselves once they had their feet back on the ground, however.

Klopp and his players shared a joke, while Philippe Coutinho showed off his fancy footwork with some trick and flicks for the cameras. 

Manager Klopp oversees his side's players stretching out at the training base in Spain Manager Klopp oversees his side's players stretching out at the training base in Spain

Manager Klopp oversees his side's players stretching out at the training base in Spain

Sadio Mane honing his passing after his eagerly awaited return from the Africa Cup of Nations Sadio Mane honing his passing after his eagerly awaited return from the Africa Cup of Nations

Sadio Mane honing his passing after his eagerly awaited return from the Africa Cup of Nations

And Simon Mignolet had time to lie back and enjoy a bit of winter sun in between drills as the goalkeeper was put through his paces.

It is a break Liverpool will feel they deserve after their first Premier League win of 2017 against Spurs. Before that they had lost four of their last five games in all competition, including exiting the FA Cup at the hands of Wolves.  

Liverpool don't play again until February 27, when they travel to Leicester, before a busy March that sees them host Arsenal and Burnley before travelling to Manchester City. 

Klopp smiles as he shows off his touch, shipping off a pass to fellow German Emre Can Klopp smiles as he shows off his touch, shipping off a pass to fellow German Emre Can

Klopp smiles as he shows off his touch, shipping off a pass to fellow German Emre Can

Midfielder Lucas smiles as he goes through his warm-up with Milner and Gini Wjnaldum Midfielder Lucas smiles as he goes through his warm-up with Milner and Gini Wjnaldum

Midfielder Lucas smiles as he goes through his warm-up with Milner and Gini Wjnaldum

Henderson trains with youngsters Connor Randall, Conor Masterson and Ben Woodburn Henderson trains with youngsters Connor Randall, Conor Masterson and Ben Woodburn

Henderson trains with youngsters Connor Randall, Conor Masterson and Ben Woodburn


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