Jurgen Klopp has admitted Daniel Sturridge will never be Liverpool’s “marathon man” but believe he can be a “decisive player” for the club this season.
The Liverpool Echo reported yesterday that Sturridge was set to stay at Anfield this season with Klopp prepared to risk losing the striker on a free transfer next summer.
And that now looks to be the case after Klopp admitted he was talking to the 28-year-old striker about his role next season, labelling his current form “really good”.
Sturridge has been influential in Liverpool’s pre-season friendlies to date after a nightmare season last term which ended with him on loan at relegated West Brom.
“We’re not in doubt – and nobody was ever in doubt – about his quality. In this moment he looks really good, to be honest. That’s cool – really cool for him and cool for us,” Klopp told Liverpool’s official website
“[It’s] a very important moment for him. I am in talks with him, what he feels. I don’t want to make him the most physically strongest player in the squad or whatever.
“The most physically strong player in the squad cannot play football like Daniel Sturridge and he has no possibility to be that, to be the marathon man of the team, but he can be a very decisive player. It’s a good moment and hopefully it will stay like that.”
Sturridge looked destined to leave Anfield at the start of the summer after spending a disappointing spell on loan with West Brom last season after failing to get much game time under Klopp.
Sturridge, in total, managed just 116 minutes of football for WBA after being struck down by a hamstring injury, but he has worked hard in pre-season to get himself fit.