Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is standing by forward Daniel Sturridge despite the 26-year-old Birmingham native struggling with injuries.
Sturridge missed the opening game of the season against Arsenal due to a hip problem, but he was back in the lineup for the 2-0 defeat to newcomers Burnley over the weekend. But despite the continued injury troubles, Klopp is still holding Sturridge in high regard.
“Daniel is still a very quick player but he’s had a lot of injuries in the last few years and a few muscle issues – I have no idea how this exactly changes the mind of a player,” Klopp said.
“He is still on the way back, but he is still an outstanding player, and even an outstanding player needs rhythm. Saturday was not the best game of football Daniel has ever played but, even in a game like this, he could have scored.
“I don’t compare him with the younger Daniel Sturridge. He is a really good player with all you need, when he is fit. Obviously there is a bit I can do to help him but you have to accept as a manager that it is really rare you can say 100 percent what a player wants to hear.
“What I can say, to any player, is that those who stay in the race and work really hard will get the benefit. That is how it is. Sometimes it is a little bit harder, sometimes easier, but that is the same for all of us.”