Liverpool travel to West Ham this weekend knowing that three points are vital to keep them in the driving seat for Champions League qualification this season.
Having drawn at home to a resilient Southampton, who lost to Arsenal in the week, last Sunday the Reds must face a resurgent Hammers side buoyed by their unexpected 1-0 win over London rivals Tottenham last week.
Manager Jurgen Klopp will know exactly what is needed come Sunday afternoon in Stratford with both Arsenal and Manchester City playing their respective games a day earlier on Saturday.
However, the former Borussia Dortmund boss will have to go into the crucial clash with a damning injury blow as Roberto Firmino is set to miss out.
His absence, coupled with speculation around teammate Philippe Coutinho’s future having turned the No.10’s head, according to Mail Online, is enough for Klopp to recall Daniel Sturridge to action.
The England international, of whom so much was expected under the German manager, has failed to deliver through a mixture of poor performances and consistent injury woes, however, it seems his boss still has faith.
Klopp told reporters:
“There was not a second of doubt about Daniel Sturridge,
“For all of us, it was unlucky that, at important moments, he was not available. That was not his fault. It was not my fault. It was only the situation. I only think about this moment and I trust him 100 per cent.
‘He’s an instinctive footballer and a fantastic striker. For us, it’s good news that he’s available. Three or four weeks ago, I was not sure that it would happen. Now he’s there. At this moment, it looks really good. Yesterday, training was good. The day before, training was good. He’s ready.”