Jurgen Klopp was visibly frustrated following questions about Daniel Sturridge following Liverpool’s win over Bournemouth.
Firmino’s 41st-minute goal, followed by Sturridge’s header in first-half added time ensured Liverpool gained three points despite Bournemouth’s late rally that brought a reply from Joshua King. Connor Randall and Brad Smith served as bookends to Kolo Touré and Lucas Leiva, while Danny Ward was the beneficiary of a rare Simon Mignolet absence.”He really is in good shape mentally and physically, which is really good for us”, said Klopp.
Does that mean we can now say “Oh my God, Daniel is back, let’s push him through all these games”?
“Regardless of whether you are starting or on the bench, as a goalkeeper you always have to be focused and prepare right”. He was able to carry on, but I asked him after the game and he told me he had a knock to his back. “We felt in the second half had we got that goal earlier it would have made an interesting end to the game”, he explained, realistic about the result.”I think they [the youngsters] all did very well”.
Asked repeatedly over Daniel Sturridges display, Jurgen Klopp snapped and said: “You want to talk about one player at the first moment?”
In the post-War era Albert Stubbins, Roger Hunt and Fernando Torres are the only Reds players to have reached that milestone quicker.
“Of course they could”.
“He’s still a brilliant, big, big talent which is very good for English football”. He then found the net himself with a great header, which hopefully marks the start of a rise in his form.
Klopp confirmed that the Ivorian’s problem is likely to be a little more serious as it involves the muscle, but both players will now be assessed ahead of Everton’s arrival at Anfield on Wednesday night.
It’s unlikely that any journalist would be willing to hang their hat on an assertion that Sturridge can definitely, absolutely play ninety minutes for nine games straight without incident.
‘When he came I was delighted. I would have now.
“I could have reacted completely different”.