Klopp: Sturridge Will Play This Season

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Jurgen Klopp has defended his decision to drop Sturridge to the bench against Tottenham, stating it was a tactical decision.

The forward admitted he was frustrated at having to play a wider role in the 2-0 loss to Burnley. However, he found the net twice in the EFL Cup in midweek.

But Jurgen Klopp is insisting Daniel Sturridge will play regularly for Liverpool this season.

“Daniel Sturridge is a wonderfully skilled player, but I made the decision based on the kind of defending that was important for Tottenham,” Klopp said.

“When we last played Tottenham, at home, he had an outstanding game. But I can only pick 11 players to start and I never make a decision like this against one player.

“I’m really happy that we have him. He will play and he will score and all will be good.

“He didn’t have a perfect pre-season, other players have played more together in pre-season and that’s an advantage.

“We brought [Divock] Origi on because it made sense to bring someone on for the counter attack, but we didn’t find him.

“It’s early in the season. A few players have rhythm, a few don’t. There’s no big mountain for him, Daniel. It’s a good team so hopefully we’ll choose different line-ups for different games.”



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