Jurgen Klopp drops massive hint over Daniel Sturridge’s future

Sturridge started the 3-1 loss to Borussia Dortmund. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge appears increasingly likely to remain at Anfield beyond the end of the summer transfer window after manager Jurgen Klopp suggested he can have a ‘decisive’ impact.

Injury has hindered the 28-year-old’s Reds career since Klopp’s arrival in October 2015 and in his 34 months at the helm he has made just 63 appearances in all competitions.

Last term, Sturridge’s spell on Merseyside took another turn for the worse after he was loaned out to West Bromwich Albion where he made just six outings again due to fitness problems.

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But having regained full fitness, Sturridge has played a full role for Liverpool during pre-season, featuring in each of their five matches including their International Champions Cup opener against Borussia Dortmund.

The England forward has also played in a clutch of domestic friendlies and even got on the scoresheet against Chester FC and Blackburn Rovers.

Reports have suggested that Liverpool want to offload as many as 10 first team players after spending £175m this summer but with Sturridge not thought to be among that list, Klopp is ready to give him a central role this season.

Sturridge endured an injury-hit spell at West Brom during the second half of last season. (Photo by Kieran Galvin/NurPhoto via Getty Images)‘We’re not in doubt – and nobody was ever in doubt – about his quality,’ said Klopp, according to the club’s official website. ‘In this moment he looks really good, to be honest.

‘That’s cool – really cool for him and cool for us. [It’s] a very important moment for him.  I am in talks with him, what he feels.

‘I don’t want to make him the most physically strongest player in the squad or whatever.

‘The most physically strong player in the squad cannot play football like Daniel Sturridge and he has no possibility to be that, to be the marathon man of the team, but he can be a very decisive player.

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‘It’s a good moment and hopefully it will stay like that.’

Upon netting a double against Chester earlier this summer, Sturridge stated the goals were ‘just the beginning’ as he targeted a return to the first team.

Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah remain ahead of the England international in the pecking order and it remains to be seen whether his fitness still cope with a full campaign in the Premier League.

Jurgen Klopp makes key decision over Daniel Sturridge’s Liverpool future

Daniel Sturridge is set to stay at Liverpool. (AMA/Getty Images)Jurgen Klopp is prepared to keep Daniel Sturridge at Liverpool for another season, according to reports.

The 28-year-old struggled with injury last season and was sent out on loan to West Brom in January although his spell at the Baggies was overshadowed by a hamstring problem.

Sturridge has less than a year remaining on his £120,000-a-week contract and Liverpool are running out of time to cash in on the forward.

But according to the Liverpool Echo, Klopp wants Sturridge to remain at Anfield and is prepared to let the player run down his lucrative contract.

The report also claims that the Liverpool manager has been ‘impressed’ with Sturridge’s attitude in pre-season training.

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‘Who doubts Daniel Sturridge when he is fit? I don’t. He is an outstanding player when he is fit. The future is bright,’ Klopp said after Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat to Borussia Dortmund on Sunday evening.

‘He is still young enough. It is not as if he is 30-something. He is experienced.

Sturridge has impressed Klopp in pre-season training. (Getty Images)‘He has natural arrogance that you need on the pitch, so when something doesn’t work he doesn’t disappear out of the game for 10 minutes.

‘It is good for us to have him around. I am fine with him, 100 per cent.’

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Daniel Sturridge admits he is ‘surprised’ by quality of new Liverpool signing Naby Keita

Daniel Sturridge has been impressed with Naby Keita’s performances in pre-season. (Getty Images)Daniel Sturridge admits he has been surprised by Naby Keita’s quality following his arrival at Liverpool.

The midfielder officially completed his move to Anfield this summer after Liverpool reached an agreement with RB Leipzig last year.

Keita has impressed during Liverpool’s pre-season fixtures so far and looks set to play a key role in the new campaign.

And Sturridge believes Keita has brought unique qualities to the team.

‘I love that guy. I’m surprised how good he is actually, if I’m honest,’ he told Liverpool’s official website.

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‘I knew he was good but I don’t really watch German football too often.

‘I haven’t seen a midfielder like him for a while, I’m being honest.

‘He is something different. It’s crazy.

‘The things he can do with the ball – he can defend, he can pass, he can dribble, he is fast, he is strong. He has got everything.

Keita has made an impact during pre-season. (AMA/Getty Images)‘I’m excited to see what he does in the Premier League and the Champions League, and so on.

‘I sit next to him in the changing room and we have a lot of banter, my French is terrible but I try my best.

‘Obviously, his English is okay. So we share some good times and have a lot of laughs together. I like him a lot and he’s a good guy.’

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Daniel Sturridge drops strong hint over Liverpool future

Sturridge returned to the Liverpool team for the first time this year. (Getty Images)Daniel Sturridge has dropped the strongest hint yet that he is ready to stay and fight for his Liverpool future.

The England international marked his first appearance for the Reds in any competition by scoring twice during a second half outing in a 7-0 win over Chester FC.

Following the game, manager Jurgen Klopp refused to speculate over Sturridge’s future and insisted a decision over whether the 28-year-old will leave had not yet been made.

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Sturridge’s career at Anfield looked bleak last season after he was sent on loan to West Bromwich Albion where he made just six appearances during an injury-hit spell.

The ex-Chelsea and Manchester City forward has spiralled down the pecking order since Klopp’s arrival on Merseyside and he now lies behind Roberto Firmino, Dominic Solanke and Danny Ings in the race for a starting berth.

But is appears Sturridge is unwilling to give up on his Liverpool career after posting a bold message on his Instagram page.

Alongside an image of his opening goal against the National League North side, he wrote: ‘Nice to be back in an LFC shirt with a win and some goals. Just the beginning.’

Reports this week had suggested Klopp was ready to choose between Sturridge and Divock Origi, with the Belgian have spent last term on loan at Bundesliga side Wolfsburg.

Origi also endured a tough spell away from Liverpool, scoring just seven times in 36 appearances to throw his future in England into major doubt.

Origi’s future at Liverpool is also uncertainty. (Getty Images)Klopp however does not appear ready to make a decision over either forward having stated that Sturridge’s future will be addressed at a later date.

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‘We are not thinking about his future yet,” he told reporters. ‘At this point, everyone has a chance to show me what they can do.

‘Most of the time he hasn’t played for me because of injuries. We will see what happens but if he plays like that, it helps us.

‘I saw a lot of good things from Daniel so he needs more that he can still impress me. I know about his quality. A very positive week, very positive today, he looked really good.’

Jurgen Klopp reveals latest on Daniel Sturridge’s Liverpool future

Sturridge notched twice on his Liverpool return. (Getty Images)Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge’s future at the club remains in the balance after Jurgen Klopp insisted thoughts have not yet turned to his long-term role at Anfield.

The 28-year-old played the second half of the Reds’ first pre-season friendly of the summer, scoring twice in a 7-0 win over Chester FC at the Swansway Chester Stadium.

Harry Wilson also scored a double, with a James Milner penalty, Ryan Kent and Danny Ings completing an emphatic win in a game played at the same time as England were booking their place in the World Cup semi-finals.

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That Sturridge is not even in contention to be involved in the Three Lions’ campaign in Russia is a reflection of how his career has dwindled in recent years.

In an effort to return to full match fitness he spent the second half of last term on loan at West Bromwich Albion but was only able to play six times for the eventually-relegated Baggies

Sturridge’s cameo appearance at Chester was his first outing for Liverpool in any competition since December but Klopp is giving him time to convince him he deserves a second chance.

Klopp celebrated Liverpool kicking off their pre-season schedule with a win. (Getty Images)‘We are not thinking about his future yet,” he told reporters. ‘At this point, everyone has a chance to show me what they can do.

‘Most of the time he hasn’t played for me because of injuries. We will see what happens but if he plays like that, it helps us.

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‘I saw a lot of good things from Daniel so he needs more that he can still impress me. I know about his quality. A very positive week, very positive today, he looked really good.’

Reports this week had indicated Klopp was ready to choose between Sturridge and Divock Origi, who was sent on loan to Wolfsburg last season.

The Belgian mustered seven goals and three assists in 36 appearances in all competitions for the Bundesliga outfit but his Liverpool future remains uncertain.

The best, worst and surprisingly successful January transfers featuring Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Virgil van Dijk

Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcot, Daniel Sturridge, Virgil van Dijk and Patrice Evra were among the players on the move in January (Picture: Getty; PA)It’s been nearly two months since the close of the January transfer window and with the cheques having cleared we can assess which moves really warranted all the hype.

It was arguably the most exciting mid-season window ever, with huge stars switching between some of the biggest clubs and vast sums of money changing hands.

But which new arrivals have had fans out of their seats and which have had them pulling their hair out?

Biggest flop – Alexis Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez couldn’t stop Manchester United being dumped out of the Champions League by Sevilla (Getty)Alexis Sanchez’s move to Manchester United was the biggest deal of the lot, with the Chilean dramatically snubbing Manchester City in favour of Old Trafford (and the £350,000-a-week that came with it). The Red Devils revelled in his capture with the release of a cringey video to make the announcement, but things haven’t gone so well since.

In 10 appearances he’s scored just one goal and has looked well short of the levels he once showed at Arsenal. His arrival has also caused Jose Mourinho a selection dilemma in attack, with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial pushed to the margins. Paul Pogba’s bad season has also deteriorated since January, with some pointing to Sanchez’s role in the team.

And now it’s even being reported that Sanchez is cutting an isolated figure and is eating alone in the Manchester United canteen. Is the former Arsenal man the new Angel Di Maria?

The perfect fit – Virgil van Dijk

Virgil van Dijk’s arrival was announced before the window even opened (Getty)For what felt like years Liverpool were persistently told ‘buy a top quality defender and you could be genuine contenders’. In January they finally heeded that advice with the £75m signing of Virgil van Dijk and the upturn in defensive displays from Jurgen Klopp’s side has been dramatic.

They’ve kept clean sheets in half the 10 games the Dutchman has played and some are beginning to believe Liverpool could be Man City’s biggest title challengers next season.

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Inevitably disappointing – Ross Barkley

Ross Barkley upon his arrival at Chelsea (Getty)Chelsea’s signing of Ross Barkley always felt more likely to fall into the category of a Scott Parker or Steve Sidwell arrival than the next Frank Lampard. And so far there’s been little evidence to the contrary.

Following his switch from Everton he’s made just three appearances and has since suffered a recurrence of the hamstring injury that scuppered a move last summer. His one showing in the Premier League was the 3-0 home defeat to Bournemouth.

Surprising success – Theo Walcott

Theo Walcott has been Everton’s best player since his arrival (Getty)There was so much focus on a certain Alexis Sanchez and the possibility of some big-name arrivals at Arsenal that the departure of Theo Walcott went relatively unnoticed. But he’s arguably been the most successful transfer of the January window. In his eight appearances for Everton he’s scored twice, created another two and overall been the Toffees’ standout player.

Potential life saver – Kenedy

Kenedy celebrates one of his two goals against Southampton (Getty)In Newcastle’s final match before the international break young Chelsea loanee Kenedy scored a brace in a 3-0 win over relegation rivals Southampton. A couple more performances like that will be enough to save the Magpies from the drop.

Depressingly predictable – Daniel Sturridge

Sturridge moved to West Brom on loan (Getty)Switching to West Brom on loan looked the perfect move for Daniel Sturridge. Away from Liverpool he would get the regular football he needed and with the motivation of a place in the England World Cup squad there would be no stopping him.

But just three games into his loan spell at the Hawthorns the inevitable injury happened and, without a goal to his name, he hasn’t played since.

Smart buy – Alex Pritchard

Alex Pritchard celebrates (Getty)Huddersfield looked to be on an inevitable slide back to the Championship with the club suffering five straight Premier League defeats in January. But since then, they’ve picked up seven points from 15 and moved away from the relegation zone.

The busy displays of Alex Pritchard in midfield, signed for around £12million from Norwich, have been key to that. The former Tottenham academy product has weighed in with a goal and an assist and could just keep David Wagner’s team up.

Least missed – Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho switched to Barcelona (Getty)Philippe Coutinho’s move to Barcelona saw him become the second most expensive player in history. But rather than feeling the void of one of the world’s best players having just left, Liverpool have thrived in his absence with the club third in the Premier League and through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Still to convince – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has three in six (Reuters)The most expensive arrival in the Premier League during the January window has bagged three goals in six appearances for Arsenal which is a healthy return. But having essentially ousted Alexandre Lacazette from the side and been unable to play in the Europa League (the only competition that actually matters to Arsenal) it’s too early to say if he was worth the £56m Arsenal paid.

Unhappy return – Patrice Evra

Patrice Evra in action for West Ham (Getty)Patrice Evra is something of a Premier League legend having won a shedload of titles with Manchester United. So when it was announced he was returning to England in the colours of West Ham it was widely welcomed. But since the veteran’s free transfer, he’s played twice and been on the wrong end of two 4-1 scorelines. Meanwhile West Ham fans have suffered a total meltdown and recently came close to a full-on riot at the London Stadium (although to be fair to Evra, that wasn’t really his fault).

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The one that got away – Michy Batshuayi

Michy Batshuayi celebrates one of his eight goals for Borussia Dortmund (Getty)During the January window Chelsea manager Antonio Conte wanted a striker who could provide competition for Alvaro Morata and bang in a few crucial goals. So in came Olivier Giroud from Arsenal who’s managed to score one goal in eight appearances. At the same time Michy Batshuayi went out on loan to Borussia Dortmund where the Belgian has since scored eight goals for his new club. It’s impossible not to conclude that somewhere Chelsea made a mistake.

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Daniel Sturridge trolled by fans after coming off injured THREE minutes into Chelsea game

Sturridge has an infamous record of being persistently injured (Picture: Getty)Daniel Sturridge hobbled off injured yet again just three minutes after kick-off in West Brom‘s Premier League match against Chelsea on Monday night.

Sturridge, who joined the Baggies on loan from Liverpool in January, looked to have pulled his hamstring as he headed straight down the tunnel.

He was replaced by Jay Rodriguez, who had a glorious chance to put the Baggies ahead just after coming on. However, he couldn’t make the most of Victor Moses’ poor backpass and sent his shot miles wide.

But despite his miss, fans watching the game preferred to discuss Sturridge’s early exit, with Newcastle supporters particularly vocal,  claiming their failure to sign the striker themselves in January was a ‘lucky escape’.

Does anyone feel sorry for Sturridge anymore? I don’t.
— Hersini (@HersiniJunior) February 12, 2018

Sturridge seems a boss lad but his body is made of cheese
— Euphoric Mess (@EuphoricMess) February 12, 2018

Lol Daniel Sturridge injured……… some things never change, no matter who the team. 😂
— J Ellacott (@jon_ellacott) February 12, 2018

Sturridge gone off injured, in other news water is wet
— Robert Tyrrell (@SquizzBFC) February 12, 2018

Daniel Sturridge…. what a joke!
That’s another 6 weeks sat on his arse earning a bastard fortune then
— Thomas Liversage (@TomLiversage) February 12, 2018

A shame for Daniel Sturridge, injured before Alan Pardew got the chance to try him out at left back.
— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) February 12, 2018

Dodged a bullet with Sturridge glad he went to West Brom injured again by the looks of it 😂 #NUFC
— Rhys Jordan Tullin (@RhysTullin) February 12, 2018

However, there was the odd fan who had sympathy for him…

You’d have to feel sorry for Daniel sturridge a good player struck down by injuries couldn’t be good for him mentally ! As a football fan it’s not nice to see ☹️
— Jason Harkin (@JasonHarkin) February 12, 2018

Don’t think it’s necessary for any banter on Sturridge. And regarding his wages, he didn’t chose to have a career like that.
Feel sorry for him. Was a shrewd scorer when he was fit.
— Ranajit Gopinath (@RanajitG) February 12, 2018

The striker is known for suffering repeat injuries in the past, having not played more than 30 games for Liverpool in a single season since their 2013-14 campaign.

West Brom’s next game is against Huddersfield in the Premier League on February 24.

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Daniel Sturridge explains Newcastle snub as details of loan deal to West Brom emerge

Daniel Sturridge has joined West Brom on loan until the end of the season (Getty)Daniel Sturridge has said his decision to snub Newcastle was because West Brom were the ‘right fit’.

The Liverpool striker has moved to the Hawthorns on a loan deal until the end of the season.

It was thought he was going to join Newcastle, with the England international even speaking with manager Rafael Benitez.

But instead the Birmingham-born player opted for a move to the Baggies.

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‘I just felt this was the right fit for me. I’ve got friends here I’ve played with before, the manager spoke very well and there’s the challenge with the team and the style of play,’ said the 28-year-old.

Details of the loan move have emerged, with West Brom understood to be paying all of Sturridge’s £120,000-a-week wages.

They also agreed to pay Liverpool a £2million loan fee, according to the Daily Mail.

Daniel Sturridge has struggled for game time this season, with just five Premier League starts (Getty)

Sturridge’s season so far…

Premier League starts: 5

Substitute appearances: 4

Goals: 2

Assists: 1

Champions League starts: 0

Substitute appearances: 5

Goals: 1

Assists: 2

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West Brom manager Alan Pardew couldn’t hide his delight with the deal, which came just 48 hours after his side beat Liverpool at Anfield in the FA Cup.

‘This is a big coup for us,’ he said. ‘I hope our fans can understand that we are fighting to stay in the Premier League, not just on the pitch but in the market place.

‘I speak for my staff and my players and say thank you to Daniel for agreeing to assist us in league and Cup. He has fantastic talent and will strengthen our ambitions on both fronts.’

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Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge close to joining Newcastle United on loan

Daniel Sturridge is on the verge of joining Newcastle United. (Getty Images)Daniel Sturridge is close to joining Newcastle United on loan from Liverpool, according to reports.

The 28-year-old has barely featured under Jurgen Klopp this season and has started only five games in the Premier League so far.

Liverpool are open to allowing Sturridge to leave, although the striker is keen to remain in England.

Sturridge has attracted interest from Inter and Sevilla, but The Times report that Newcastle are closing in on a deal.

Sturridge has started only five Premier League games this season. (Getty Images)The report claims that Rafa Benitez’s side will pay a £1.5 million loan fee to Liverpool and will also cover the striker’s £120,000-a-week salary.

West Ham and West Brom have also expressed an interest in signing Sturridge but Newcastle are hopeful they can secure a deal after missing out on Nicolai Jorgensen.

Newcastle submitted two offers for the Denmark international but Feyenoord are refusing to lower their £20m asking price.

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Feyenoord striker Nicolai Jorgensen is also on Newcastle’s radar. (Getty Images)Sturridge has asked to leave Liverpool after falling down the pecking order at Anfield and was left out of the squad for the 3-2 defeat to West Brom in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday.

Newcastle, meanwhile, currently sit 15th in the Premier League and just a point above the relegation places.

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Liverpool consider lodging £15million bid for Salomon Rondon

Salomon Rondon is in the final 18 months of his deal (Picture: Getty)Liverpool are considering making a transfer move for West Brom striker Salomon Rondon, reports say.

The Reds will have to replace Daniel Sturridge this month if the Englishman manages to secure a loan move.

Sturridge is desperate for more game time after spending much of Jurgen Klopp‘s tenure as manager on the bench.

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Klopp prefers Roberto Firmino to Sturridge and the 28-year-old is now behind Dominic Solanke in the striking pecking order.

Liverpool are preparing for Sturridge’s exit in January and the Sun claim Rondon is a target.

The Reds will have to battle their Merseyside rival Everton for Rondon’s signature and a £15million offer could tempt the Baggies into a sale.

Rondon has scored three times this season (Picture: Getty)

Liverpool 2017/18 Fixtures

West Brom (H) – Sat Jan 27Huddersfield (A) – Tues Jan 30Tottenham (H) – Sun Feb 4Southampton (A) – Sun Feb 11Porto (A) – Wed Feb 14 (Champions League)West Ham (H) – Sat Feb 24Newcastle United (H) – Sat March 3Porto (H) – Tues March 6Manchester United (A) – Sat March 10Watford (H) – Sat March 17Crystal Palace (A) – Sat March 31

Liverpool have failed in the past to get the best out of target men (Picture: Getty)Rondon has 18 months left on his current contract, but is thought to be happy in the Midlands and is not angling for a transfer.

Liverpool have a dismal recent record with powerful, towering strikers and Reds fans may be alarmed to hear Rondon being linked with Anfield.

At 6’2”, Rondon uses his strength against opponents and a target man for West Brom, much like Christian Benteke and Andy Carroll.

(Picture: Getty)Benteke and Carroll were both booted from Liverpool despite big money moves, because the strikers did not fit the Reds’ style of playing.

Liverpool have plenty of funds in the transfer kitty after banking £140m from the sale of Philippe Coutinho.

Before that deal, the Reds forked out £75m on Virgil van Dijk and supporters are hopeful the spending will continue.

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