Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has insisted that striker Daniel Sturridge will play a crucial role in his team during the 2018-19 season.
The England international scored the second goal during Reds’ 4-1 win over Manchester United during the weekend. And his pre-season performances in the United States of America have now convinced boss Klopp.
The 28-year-old, who spent the half of the 2017-18 season on loan at West Brom, has been strongly linked with a move away from Anfield this summer.
However, German boss Klopp admits he will do everything he can to keep the former Manchester City and Chelsea star fit.
“Daniel is an outstanding player,” the German told BBC Sport. “If he is fit, he will play a role in the team. I am completely open to individualising training.”
“When I came here I was very excited about the fact I would be working together with him. Since then he has had a few injury issues.”
“Does he have to play 50-something games? No. But hopefully, he will play a few really good ones. That is the plan.”
Sturridge, whose current contract at Anfield is due to expire at the end of this coming season, is yet to sign an extension deal with the Merseysiders.