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Published: 19:42 | 14/12/15

Klopp impressed with Sturridge


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was delighted with the performance of Daniel Sturridge as he returned from injury with two goals to help the Reds hammer Southampton in the League Cup.

Sturridge looked back to his best as he helped Liverpool recover from a goal down to beat Southampton 6-1 at St Mary's and the new Pool boss is determined to keep his star striker fit.

"This isn't the first time we've talked about this [Daniel Sturridge's fitness]. We try to do what we can to keep him fit.

"Sometimes it can be bad luck, even for a long period, but he felt good during the game and at the end of it. This is the first time I saw him live" said Klopp.

"He doesn't have to play in all the games, but if we can decide when is the right moment to fight, and when is the right moment for recovery, everything should be OK."

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman, on the other hand, was less than impressed with his side’s first half performance.

“That is not the result we expect. A great start but if you make the mistakes defensively we did in the first half and the top quality of Liverpool, then you can lose,” said Koeman.

"The first goal of Liverpool is a throw in and you see how easily they play, that is not good. The have a great energy and they have qualities in the team.

"We gave them that space, those opportunities and if you give a man like Daniel Sturridge that space he will kill you."

However, the Dutchman took responsibility for the second half collapse after changing his system at half-time.

"The second half is my responsibility. I changed the system, I made the risk of three at the back."


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