Jurgen Klopp was impressed with Daniel Sturridge’s performance against Southampton as the striker netted twice returning from latest injury.
It took Daniel Sturridge only 25 minutes of his much awaited return to Liverpool’s first eleven to score a goal and he quickly netted a second just four minutes later as the Reds reached Capital one Cup semi-finals last night thrashing Southampton 6-1.
And Jurgen Klopp confirmed the 26-year-old striker, who last played for Liverpool against Everton back in October 4, is right now in good shape after making a comeback from injury.
“If you have six goals then of course you have to talk about the goalscorers,” Klopp said in an interview with Sky Sports.
“It wasn’t too bad what Daniel Sturridge did after his long break. I told him that I now know what everybody is talking about because I saw him live for the first time.”
When asked how he will keep Sturridge fit from now on, the German manager replied: “It’s not the first time somebody has asked me this but we will work with him.
“We will try all we can [to keep him fit]. Sometimes it’s bad luck. Even a long period can be bad luck. At this moment he feels good. He felt really good in the game and after the game.
“He doesn’t have to play in all the games for us but if we can all together decide when it’s the right moment for fighting and when it’s the right moment for recovery then everything should be okay.”
Despite his two sensational goals, Daniel Sturridge was not the only Liverpool player featured in the headlines as Divock Origi also hitting a stunning hat-trick.
This was just his 11th game of the season and Origi finally scored his first Liverpool goals and Klopp was excited about the Belgium international’s performance against Southampton.
“It’s not the easiest situation for Origi,” Klopp said in the post-match press conference.
“For him as a young striker he knows he has to learn but for this you need time to play. We gave him that tonight and he did great in what was a new system with two strikers and a diamond.”
Southampton unexpectedly took the lead after just 41 seconds when Sadio Mane headed from close range but lethal strikes from Sturridge, Origi and substitute Jordon Ibe gifted Klopp’s men fourth straight victory in all competitions.
Liverpool are now unbeaten in five away fixtures under their new boss and Klopp has put his team’s excellent run to the hard work in the training sessions.
“It was a good game but we had a bad start,” Klopp added. “We struck back and at the end you don’t often have these moments where you can enjoy a game.
“We had that tonight. I’m very thankful to my team.
“We try to work but not too hard because we don’t have time. We have to do some tactical things in training. It’s not the most fun thing for the lads but it’s what we have to do, especially if we change the system like we did today.
“You always need a bit of luck in football but we knew what we wanted to do and in the end it worked.”