Jurgen Klopp has welcomed Daniel Sturridge’s response to being substituted in Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham at Anfield on Saturday
Sturridge made his ninth appearance since returning from his latest injury lay-off against Spurs but is yet to complete 90 minutes and was visibly unhappy at being replaced by Divock Origi after 71 minutes.
Klopp has explained his reasoning behind the change but had no issue with Sturridge’s response.
“I think that’s completely normal, especially with the quality of Daniel Sturridge,” said Klopp.
“He has to think ‘leave me on the pitch and I can decide the game’.
“That’s true, but in this moment we need other help in the game. We needed ways behind the line. We needed Divock’s physical strength so I changed.
“I could have changed Adam Lallana and gone with two strikers. But in my opinion, and only my opinion counts, it didn’t make sense so that’s it.
“I saw that he was not happy because I’m not blind.
“But that’s not a problem because if he came off and (celebrated) something would be really wrong.
“You cannot play football with this confidence when you are like we are. You have to think ‘yes, I’m the best’.
“I like this – as long as he doesn’t come off the pitch and do something really strange like kicking me from behind.”
Klopp, meanwhile, revealed Emre Can had a stomach problem during the draw with Spurs, but the German was delighted with the fighting spirit his players showed.
“Emre Can at half-time (had a problem with his) stomach,” he said. “I saw that he had some problems.
“It’s always like this. It’s not easy to create an atmosphere in the team. Now I see we really fight all the time for the three points until the last minute of the game.
“At the beginning of the game it’s much easier because you’re fresh and have power. Our quality would be much more often possible to decide a game earlier, but then you see we don’t. Then it becomes a little less.
“You concede a goal or not. Then we are able to strike back, because of attitude. But to be used to always 100 percent, that’s what you have really to learn, and that’s the way we are right now.”