There was some concern among the fans when Sturridge was replaced in the 56th minute of our 2-1 win over Chelsea on Friday night.
Studge headed straight down the tunnel after being taken off, and some people thought he might have picked up a knock.
Not so, says Klopp. Our boss has instead suggested it was merely tactical, adding that none of the staff have told him about an injury.
He suggested the striker was struggling to provide the intensity required after an hour of hard running, so he switched things around.
“I could see that Daniel couldn’t sprint any more, and we had a healthy young striker on the bench, so I thought we should use him,” said Klopp.
“The first half was really good from Daniel, but we needed this player there in the centre that we could play with, and play in behind and push up with.
“It’s not an injury, it’s just a situation. Nobody told me about an injury.” (Echo)
Sturridge showed no signs of anger at being replaced, high-fiving the bench before disappearing into the bowels of the ground.
Origi was his replacement and he nearly grabbed what would have been a game-ending third goal, but Courtois made a top-class save for his header at the back post.
Origi might see more minutes next week when we head to Derby County for the League Cup third round.