Daniel Sturridge is slowing starting to look like he’s rediscovering his best. His movement, technique, and ball control are the best they’ve been in months, and the goals are beginning to flow once again.
The player’s upturn in form has not escaped Jurgen Klopp’s attention, but he claims he refuses to judge strikers on goals alone (which, incidentally, is probably music to Christian Benteke’s ears!).
“Of course the first job of a striker is to score goals and that’s clear. But he cannot score in each game”, he said (via official site)
“If you look at Gerd Müller, the most famous and best German striker we ever had, he scored something around 600 [goals] but there were a few games where he didn’t score. To stay in the game then helps the team. Meanwhile, football is a little different in these times so of course you have to work.”
Klopp also gave more details on what he expects from his strikers (this part is probably less-pleasing for Benteke!):
“It’s about smart behaviour in the right position and closing gaps – that’s easy and not too difficult. The game is 95 minutes or something, so you need to be in the game for this long to help the team all the time”, he continued.
“Daniel has scored in the last few games and he had wonderful moments. He was a real threat for the other team. At Bournemouth, things were really outstanding and he’s able to create his own moments and he does not always need an assist.
“With our performance, it’s good to have these points and we have to think about tomorrow – who will start, who will play and who will come in. All these things. Of course, we need a striker who will score goals but hopefully we can do it from different positions.”