Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has once again hinted that striker Daniel Sturridge may have a future at Anfield.
Sturridge has always seemed to struggle to fit into the high intensity style that Klopp demands from his players, and after he was loaned out to West Brom last January, most observers expected his Reds career to finally come to an end this summer.
However, not for the first time since Liverpool’s pre-season training has got under way Klopp has been singing the praises of the England international;
“He is in very good shape, that’s true,” he told Liverpool’s official website after his sides 3-1 loss to his former club Borussia Dortmund in the International Champions Cup.
“It was a very intense pre-season so far and he was part of pretty much all the sessions. He looks really good.
“Who doubts Daniel Sturridge when he is fit? I don’t. He is an outstanding player, hopefully he can stay fit and then the future is bright. He is still young enough, it’s not that he is 30-something.
“He is experienced as well and has this kind of natural arrogance that you need on the pitch, so you don’t always start anew if something doesn’t work, that you are out of the game for 10 minutes or, even worse, not involved for the full game. He stays in the game and it’s good for us to have him around.
“You saw it today. The second half without Daniel would have looked completely different. It was that good because we had Daniel in the right spaces and he could lead the group with the ball, if you want. That was really good.
“I’m fine with him, 100 per cent.”