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Published: 09:04 | 2/4/16

Klopp backs Sturridge for England


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hopes Daniel Sturridge will play a leading role for England at Euro 2016 this summer.

The 26-year-old has struggled with hamstring injury problems this season but made his first appearance for the Three Lions in 18 months in Tuesday's 2-1 international friendly defeat to the Netherlands at Wembley.

Sturridge, who has struggled with hip, knee, hamstring and ankle problems over recent years, has also made eight appearances for the club since mid-February after two months out over Christmas and the New Year.

Klopp says he would not deny Sturridge the opportunity to feature at a major tournament by asking him to take the summer off to recuperate.

"If I say I wish Daniel could have a real holiday and doesn't have to go to the European Championships, what kind of manager would I be?" Klopp said

"It is the European Championships and playing for your country is the best thing a player can do, and I really wish for him to be part of it.

"The situation here is the best situation since I have been here; he trained all sessions with the national team, he had 65 minutes against Netherlands and was absolutely okay."

Liverpool face high-flying Tottenham at Anfield on Saturday morning, and defender Alberto Moreno insists there is little difference in quality between the two sides.

Mauricio Pochettino's side sit second in the Premier League table on 61 points, five points behind leaders Leicester, while Liverpool lie 15 points further back in ninth.

"They are a great team with very good players, but we are at the same level as we have brilliant players as well in the team," he told Liverpoolfc.com.

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