Klopp: Attack Is Best When Sturridge Is Present

Jurgen Klopp has lauded Daniel Sturridge’s ability to transform Liverpool’s attack into a formidable force.

Sturridge started for the first time since October and got his goal 16 minutes in heading in a Coutinho cross.

And Klopp has praised Sturridge and his ability to transform play.

Following the demolition of their hosts, Klopp said: “We need the goals of Daniel and he needs the goals, that’s clear.

“It’s not a surprise that he can score goals of course but it’s a surprise how well tuned he is with the team when he starts. With his movements, he’s a real striker, that’s good to see.

“When he hides himself on the pitch [from the defenders] it’s really difficult for the last line to defend if he’s always somewhere and you don’t know where his next move is.

“That’s very important for us and changes a lot of things, of course, but we can only speak about this when he’s available. When he’s not then we cannot say, ‘with Daniel it would have been different’.

“He was brilliant and you saw he was not too happy when we took him off! Everything was okay but it was not like he gave a sign or something like this, but I think it made sense to take him out after 60 minutes.

“It was perfect for him and hopefully he’s available for the next game too.”

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