The uncertainty surrounding the future of Daniel Sturridge makes it refreshing to see both he and Jurgen Klopp continuing to communicate well with one another.
Sturridge has rarely been Klopp’s first choice at Liverpool but not once has the manager doubted the forward’s talent nor has he shunned what he offers as a player.
The German has praised the striker for his encouraging cameo late on in Monday night’s win at Watford and has reiterated what an important option he is for the team.
“It was very good, very good. A wonderful chance and two more good situations in a really short period,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.
“It’s not that we could say he is at 100 per cent, he is doing what we think is right for him to keep him on track for these last three games.”
“[We’ve had] very good talks, we’re really close in the moment. [He’s doing] something different today then training with the team tomorrow and all that stuff. As long as it’s like this we can for sure have him and use him in the squad, that’s the most important thing.”
“Then we have to see which line-up we start with and then how long he can go, but in this moment it’s very, very important that we have him as an option on the bench and can bring him in because, how everybody knows, he can decide a game in a second.”
“So that’s very, very positive and hopefully it stays like this.”
For now, the focus remains on ensuring Liverpool consolidate a place in the top four and, in turn, secure that all-important Champions League qualification.
The chances are Sturridge will be called into action at one point during the club’s final three games and when he is, it’s vital he not only finds the net again for the sake of the team but also for the sake of his confidence.
If he is to leave Anfield at the end of the season, Reds want to see him go out doing what he does best and scoring goals again. For Liverpool to have a man of his ability at their disposal during this final run-in not only gives Klopp greater belief but also the fans.