Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has no concerns over the form of Daniel Sturridge after the striker’s performance against Manchester United was called into question.
The German is not worried by the forward’s lack of goals and believes it is an issue that will help him in the long term.
He told the Liverpool Echo: “It is a very important and very useful moment in his career.”
“A big name…. (Robert) Lewandowski. There were times when he didn’t score. Gerd Muller! There were games he didn’t score.”
“It is only to handle situations like this. It is not to make too big a thing about it.”
“I respect these guys. I know, they know, so let’s go through.”
Klopp rightly names Sturridge amongst players as talented as Lewandowski and Muller. The England man is without question one of the most accomplished strikers in the Premier League on his day.
It seems many have forgotten the tough process Sturridge had to go through in order to recover from his recurring injury problems.
He still needs time to rediscover his form, and adapt to the pace of a Liverpool side built around energy and high intensity attacking football.
Though he has failed to score in over 10 hours of Premier League football, he is managing to stay fit for a run of games which is a key positive to take away from his season so far.
Jurgen Klopp knows his player and knows that leaving Sturridge to deal with things himself, is the best way to approach the situation.
It won’t be long before we see Anfield stage that favourite celebratory dance of his yet again.
We sense a goal isn’t too far away.