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Published: 11:25 | 10/4/16

Klopp: Origi and Sturridge can play together

Liverpool boss has no doubts over quality

Jurgen Klopp has admitted that he is still searching for the best combination of his attacking options but he has reaffirmed his belief in Daniel Sturridge.

The England striker was left on the bench for the Merseysiders’ 1-1 draw in their Europa League quarter-final first leg at Borussia Dortmund on Thursday night with Origi impressing alone up front.

The Belgian scored the visitors goal and Sturridge only came on for him later as he was tiring.

Despite much of the English media painting the evening as proof that Klopp was unconvinced by Sturridge, the German was clear about the situation.

“I am not interested in the things you [the media] think,” he said. “I make decisions that are not made on who, was, when. How could I? I have no doubt as to the quality of Daniel Sturridge.

“Daniel is doing really well and had no problem when he saw he would not start [against Dortmund]. He came in and did his job. We have to leave him to work, and when is on the pitch, give all he has.

“This is nothing about what somebody thought when Suarez left the club, it’s a long time since then. We have a lot of strikers at the club, they all need confidence and faith.

“I don’t think there is a challenge between them, they have to be in the best shape and it’s very likely they can play together. Divock and Dan played together at Southampton, it was not bad.

“You need more than one striker and, if all are fit, which is not the case most of the time, you have to make decisions. We have to think what’s best for the team and the more players we have available, the better it is.”

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