Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says “everything will be fine” with Daniel Sturridge if he can remain fit and has backed the England international to recapture his best form.
The out-of-sorts striker had a host of chances to find the net during Liverpool’s 2-0 aggregate EFL Cup Semi-Final exit against Southampton, but failed to score.
Sturridge has struggled to find the form that used to make him a serious threat to opposition defences, with a host of injuries during his time at Liverpool further damaging the strikers form, but Jurgen Klopp believes the ability that made Sturridge such a threat has not gone, and that he will infact return to his best – if he can stay fit.
“I thought after Southampton it was a good game for Daniel Sturridge,” said Klopp.
“Usually, and it’s not about speed, Daniel scores twice. But he is a human being and he missed the chances.
“Of course, longer injuries can have an impact. Ask a sprinter.
“If you get a few injuries, maybe it takes time, but it’s not lost forever.
“Daniel is the best age for a football player. If he can stay fit, everything will be fine.”
Many pundits disagree however, with former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher claiming that Sturridge is not the same player he was when he arrived at Liverpool, and stating he believes that Sturridge has lost a substantial amount of pace and ability.
With the title race in the Premier League hotting up, and with Liverpool attempting to keep their title-hopes alive, they will need everyone in the best form possible, including Sturridge, especially when they take on his former club and league leaders Chelsea in their next Premier League fixture.
A goal against Chelsea would certainly be a step in the right direction for the forward, as he looks to get his Liverpool career firmly back on track.