EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ — Daniel Sturridge has been constantly linked with a move away from Liverpool, but manager Jurgen Klopp believes the England forward still has a bright future with the club.
Injuries and inconsistency have understandably invited doubts over Sturridge’s possibilities to develop completely at Anfield.
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It is understood that Klopp was ready to allow the striker to leave in this summer’s transfer window but has had a change of heart after watching the 28-year-old make a promising pre-season start.
In fact, the German is of the view that if Sturridge, who has impressed in each of the club’s five friendlies so far this summer, can build on his early season preparations, the striker can be a ‘very decisive player’ for Liverpool.
“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 said on Liverpool FC official website at www.liverpoolfc.com.
“[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 and Liverpool are back in preseason action on Wednesday when they take on English Premier League champion Manchester City in an International Champions Cup game at MetLife Stadium.
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