Klopp defends his decision to drop Daniel Sturridge

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Klopp insists Sturridge has "no big mountain" to get into his team
Klopp insists Sturridge has "no big mountain" to get into his team

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has insisted he will select striker Daniel Sturridge for key games this season, after he left him out of his line-up for Saturday's 1-1 draw at Tottenham.

Sturridge looked less than impressed on the touchline as Divock Origi was the first striker used as a substitute by Klopp at White Hart Lane.

Yet the Liverpool manager offered these words of comfort for his high profile bench-warmer.

"Daniel Sturridge is a wonderfully skilled player, but I made the decision based on the kind of defending that was important for Tottenham," insisted Klopp.

“I can only pick 11 players for the start. I make these decisions never against one player so I’m really happy that we have him and he will play, he will score and all will be good.

“He has now made three games. He did not have a perfect pre-season. That’s how it is.

“A few other players had more pre-season. They played together. These guys up front played together. They’ve trained for the first day of pre-season together, so that’s an ­advantage.

"Nobody has real rhythm. A few players do have, a few don’t and then you have to judge for the moment.

"But there’s no big mountain for him. It’s a good team, thank God. Hopefully we can make different line-ups for different games.

“Daniel Sturridge is a wonderfully skilful player. But for this game, I made the decision for what we needed.”

We are not sure whether Sturridge was echo the upbeat sentiments of Klopp after his miserable Saturday in the shadows.