Jurgen Klopp used his Southampton post-match interviews to praise strike duo Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi, but warned that we shouldn’t expect the injury-prone hit man to become a permanent fixture in his side.
“I said to [Daniel] after the game: ‘Now I know what everybody is talking about”, said Klopp. “‘I knew about his quality but not live in a stadium”.
Our number 15’s return will be a huge boost to the German ahead of the busy Christmas period, but he was quick to dispel the suggestion that the 26-year-old would now be playing every game.
“Can Sturridge get back to what he was? Please, you don’t really want to ask this question. How should I know? You know him much longer than me. Maybe he can be better”.
“He can’t play every game for us. He needs to decide when it’s time to fight and when to rest; then he’ll be OK.”
Klopp was also gushing about Origi’s night. He said he would “have a lot of fun with this player” when he joined us, but tonight was the first time we were treated to glimpses of what he’s really capable of.
“We had a talk [before the game]. It’s not too often that you agree on everything”, he said. “I said he had to learn this and that, don’t make this too difficult, and he said: ‘Yes, I know’. In 10 or 15 years he’ll have no ideas about the games he didn’t make in this moment. Today he did everything simple, easy passes and finishes and movement”.
Who do you think should be our main striker given the stunning performances of Sturridge and Origi? Is it worth risking Sturridge for a second time in four days when we travel to Newcastle at the weekend, or should Benteke or Firmino lead the line?
Let us know!