Jurgen Klopp responds to reported interest in Liverpool attacker
By Matt Farr
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists crocked attacker Daniel Sturridge can still have a future at the club.
The 27-year-old has cut a frustrated figure on the sidelines at Anfield this season, having been restricted to just 19 Premier League appearances, of which just six have been starts.
Sturridge has been plagued by injuries throughout his Liverpool career, and his repeated lack of availability means Klopp cannot rely on him to perform in a regular first-team role.
It has been reported by the Telegraph that the England international is currently on the radar of West Ham ahead of the summer transfer window, and that the Reds may be tempted to cash-in.
However, the Liverpool chief has offered hope to Sturridge that he still has a role to play at the club, and that when fit, he can be an ‘unbelievable’ player.
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When asked if he had a future at the club, Klopp told the Times: “A fit Sturridge is an unbelievable player. That’s a pity of the situation, not often enough, but he’s not fit, spot on, trained two or three weeks. Of course.”
But the German did also reveal that he will be looking to make quality additions to reinforce his side in order to perform better next season.
He added: “We have to be better next year and we will be. For this we need to bring in quality players. Believe me, it is not easy to find players who make us better. We are already good.”
Klopp’s revelation is likely to be met with mixed views from fans, who remain divided over the role of Sturridge at the club.
His injury proneness remains a big concern for the club in the long-term, but in contrast, when fit he can score important goals, as showcased in the recent win over West Ham.
Liverpool visited the London Stadium needing a win to tighten their grip on a Champions League qualifying place ahead of next season, and after being handed a rare start, Sturridge hit the back of the net in a 4-0 victory.
Sturridge will be in contention for a repeat role when Liverpool host Middlesbrough on Sunday before the curtain comes down on the 2016-17 Premier League season.
He has scored seven goals from 26 appearances in all competitions.
In other Liverpool news, an international attacker has revealed the reasons behind his decision to snub interest from Liverpool.