Video - Sturridge lauded as he gets back on the goals trail
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp led the chorus of praise for Daniel Sturridge, as he confirmed his return to fitness with two goals in his side's 6-1 rout of Southampton in the Capital One Cup.
Klopp was in playful mood as he spoke to Sky Sports about a semi-final draw that saw his side paired with Stoke:
Then he turned his attention to praising Sturridge in his post match briefing with the written media.
"I said to him after the game, 'Now I know what everybody's talking about'," said Klopp. "Of course, I know about his quality. It's important for us we have these good strikers.
"How should I know (if Sturridge can get back to his career-best form of 2013/14)? Maybe he can be better. Write this: 'Daniel Sturridge can be much better than he was'.
"No (Sturridge did not need convincing to start). The problem with Daniel was we didn't know how long he could play. He had not the perfect pre-season.
"It was a good decision (to select him), I have to say."
The reaction to Liverpool's latest goal fest was quick to flow on Twitter, with two Sunday World contributors leading the praise for Sturridge:
If we can only keep Daniel sturridge fit!we can really surprise a few people?watch this space— John Aldridge (@Realaldo474) December 2, 2015
Daniel Sturridge teaching Southampton difference between pain and serious pain. Some finisher when fit.— Roy Curtis (@RoyCurtis68) December 2, 2015
Meanwhile, the man himself offered up this message to his Twitter followers: