Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that he now understands the hype surrounding injury-plagued star Daniel Sturridge, according to reports from the Daily Mail.
Sturridge played his first game under Klopp as a substitute in their 1-0 Premier League victory over Swansea City, but finally got to start on Wednesday’s Capital One Cup clash against Southampton.
And he instantly repaid the German’s faith, scoring two goals to come from 1-0 down that led to the Reds qualifying for the semi-final via an incredible 6-1 score-line.
Klopp has therefore come out to admit at Sturridge’s brilliance, claiming he always knew about his ability, but he has never seen it live in the stadium.
Klopp said: “I said to him after the game: ‘Now I know what everybody is talking about’.
“I knew about his quality but not live in a stadium.”
The England international has been suffering from constant injuries since the beginning of last season, but his return will give the manager a major boost heading into a hectic December period.
The former Borussia Dortmund gaffer also praised Divock Origi, who scored a hat-trick in their demolition of the Saints.
“We had a talk, again. It’s not too often that you agree on everything,” said Klopp.
“I said he had to learn this and that, don’t make this too difficult, and he said: ‘Yes, I know’.
“Everyone wanted him before Liverpool bought him, but he has to learn. He has to be patient. That’s the truth.
“In 10 or 15 years he’ll have no ideas about the games he didn’t make in this moment. Today he did everything simple, easy passes and finishes and movement.”