Klopp: Sturridge Not Fully Fit Yet

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Liverpool Beat Villarreal 3-0 - Daniel Sturridge celebrates after the first goal

Jurgen Klopp does not worry about Sturridge’s lack of speed, and believes the forward need be fully fit to regain his rhythm.

The England international was not in the squad that beat Arsenal 4-3. And could not get on the score sheet in the 2-0 loss to Burnley.

Klopp believes as soon as the forward gets back in full flow both physically and mentally, he’ll be a nightmare for opposition defences again.

“Daniel is still a quick player, there’s no doubt about it. There were a lot of injuries for him in the last few years – a few muscle issues,” said the Reds boss.

“I have no idea exactly how this changes the mind of a player, but when you’ve never had an injury, it’s maybe the best thing as you never think about it.

“He is still on the way back [to full sharpness], but is still an outstanding player. Even an outstanding player needs rhythm.

“What we could see on Saturday, for example, was for sure not the best game of Daniel Sturridge since he played football but, even in a game like this, he could have scored – that’s another part of the truth.

“I don’t compare him with the younger Daniel Sturridge, if you like. He is a really good player with all you need when he is fit.”

Klopp also cited rhythm as a necessity for striker Divock Origi, who needs to “use the right skill in the right moment.”

When asked if he’d consider selecting the pair to operate in tandem, the 49-year-old said: “They played in Southampton together [the 6-1 League Cup win at St Mary’s] and it was not too bad. Obviously, they can play together.”



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