Klopp opens up about potential Firmino and Sturridge strike partnership

Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp, confirmed that Roberto Firmino is fully fit and available for selection ahead of Southampton’s visit to Anfield on Saturday.

Firmino suffered a nasty eye injury after an accidental clash with Spurs’ defender, Jan Vertonghen, during Liverpool’s 2-1 victory at Wembley, last Saturday.

The injury meant that Firmino had to be content with a place on the bench for the visit of PSG in Tuesday night’s Champions League opener, at Anfield. This move worked out perfectly for Klopp with Firmino’s replacement, Daniel Sturridge, opening the scoring in the first half while Firmino scored an injury-time winner to give The Reds all three points after coming on for Sturridge in the final 20 minutes of the game.

“In general it was a positive impact Daniel had in an intense game. A fantastic game from him and that’s the best news.” Klopp told his pre-match press conference.

“A lot of games will come [for him] and it’s good to know he can play and we are pleased with his performance.”

Klopp now has to choose who starts and leads the line for Liverpool on Saturday. However, he did touch on the possibility of both players playing up front, at some stage.

“Firmino and Sturridge can play together. They have in the past and will again.” He added.

This news is sure to excite many Liverpool fans and it would be interesting to see if Klopp could find a more regular role for Sturridge in his attack. What Liverpool fans would give to see Sturridge display some of the form that he showed during his fantastic 2013/14 season.

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