Last season it looked like Daniel Sturridge’s days were numbered at Liverpool, when he went out on loan to West Brom at the end of the January transfer window. We just couldn’t rely on him to be fit when called upon so Klopp sanctioned a loan deal. Which didn’t go according to plan for Danny as he was injured for the majority of his time at West Brom. Only making six appearances and West Brom getting relegated.
Move forward twelve months and he’s completely turned things around. In his last two games you can see how well he’s done. The two goals against Chelsea just show how vital he is to the squad. He hasn’t become a regular as of yet but had a great pre-season and is looking as fit as ever. Danny isn’t too far away from starting. The only problem is who drops out or can he play up front with Firmino? Jürgen likes to play with a midfield three, so I can’t see him change that.
Klopp said: “Daniel is an outstanding player. If he is fit, he will play a role in the team.”
“I am completely open to individualising training. When I came here I was very excited about the fact I would be working together with him. Since then he has had a few injury issues. Does he have to play 50 something games? No. But hopefully he will play a few really good ones. That is the plan.”
Danny became the 2nd fastest Liverpool player to reach 50 Premier League goals in terms of minutes. Behind Fernando Torres respectively!
After last nights game Eden Hazard paid tribute to Danny, he said: “I said to him the goal wasn’t bad to be fair.”
“He scored twice. One Wednesday, one today like me. Maybe he try to be like me! But no he is a great, great player. I had the chance to play with him a bit at Chelsea.”
“And I know he is a fantastic player. He had a lot of injuries in the last few years but when he is on the pitch he can create goals like this. I am happy for him but not happy for Chelsea.”
It’s great to see fellow professionals give compliments like this especially after dropping two points.
Next up for Liverpool is an away match to Napoli, so maybe it’s a chance for Klopp to start with Danny upfront or maybe even go with two up top. He could play two holding midfielders. It would be a very attacking line up! Another option would be to drop Salah or Firmino. With both them seemingly off form lately, that could easily happen. So, Jürgen Klopp has a few big decisions to make in the coming week. Let’s hope he makes the right ones and we’ll all be happy.
We could lineup like this.