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27th Dec, 2016 | 8:10pm

Klopp hails perfect Liverpool contribution from 27-year-old

By Dominic Toner

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was pleased with Daniel Sturridge’s contribution against Stoke on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old was a second-half substitute and completed the scoring in a comfortable 4-1 home victory, which helped the club climb up to second and means they are six points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea.

He managed to intercept a sloppy back pass from Ryan Shawcross and score his first Premier League goal of the season.

Sturridge will now hope to force his way into the starting line-up and has the potential to be recalled in their next game against Manchester City on Saturday.

Reds manager Klopp was delighted with Sturridge’s performance against Stoke and pleased with is goal.

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“What Daniel did was perfect. It was a wonderful goal,” Klopp said, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account.

Sturridge has been used as a bit-part player for much of this season and has struggled to match Klopp’s attacking system.

The German manager has operated with a three-man attack this campaign, but the attackers have been interchangeable along the frontline.

Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have been the first-choice attackers when available, but the latter will miss matches in January due to the Africa Cup of Nations.

Sturrdige will be hoping to seize his opportunity and has certainly done himself no favours against Stoke.

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