If ever there was an ideal moment for Daniel Sturridge to spark an individual revival and rediscover his top form, it is now.
It is looking increasingly likely that the forward will have a key role to play in Sunday’s potentially season-defining clash with West Ham following reports that Roberto Firmino is an injury doubt heading into the contest.
A start for Sturridge would mark his first in four months and it appears his manager is confident he can help overcome a West Ham defence that has kept four clean sheets in five matches and subsequently drive Liverpool closer to a top four finish.
“For me, there was not a second of doubt about Daniel Sturridge,” Klopp told the Liverpool Echo.
“For all of us, it was unlucky that at important moments he was not available. That was not his fault. It was not my fault. It was only the situation.”
“I only think about now at this moment and I trust him 100%. He’s an instinctive footballer and a fantastic striker.” For us it’s good news that he’s now available. His quality, we all know about it. At this moment, he looks really good. Will he start? We’ll see.”
Sunday’s game poses as one that could truly make or break Liverpool’s season with Arsenal threatening to snatch a place in the top four with a late flurry.
Two wins from the club’s final two games will be enough to see the Reds consolidate a place in Europe’s elite competition next season, though it comes as a task easier said than done with Slaven Bilic’s side high in confidence following their recent 1-0 win over Tottenham.
Klopp’s men need goals and there is perhaps nobody in the Liverpool squad more equipped to find the back of the net than Sturridge. Bright cameos over the past few weeks have granted him the backing of supporters with many sensing it could be his time to have a significant say in the club’s campaign.