Jurgen Klopp is confident Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi will find their best form again, despite shoddy performances in the FA Cup midweek against Plymouth.
Both started in the FA Cup 3rd Round Replay, but Sturridge was hooked early and Origi was anonymous, missing a late penalty to confound his woes.
As a result, neither are expected to start today against Swansea in the Premier League.
“It’s not a worry,” Klopp told Goal. “Of course for both Daniel and Divock it was not a world-class performance [against Plymouth], but that’s how it is.
“They have not lost their quality. It was only this game. Of course in some of the other games they were not at their best too, but that is absolutely normal. That’s how it is. We cannot give everybody the rhythm.
“Being injured, the changes we had to do, Daniel was back after injury, Divock was in and then out, so that’s how it is with human beings.
“But I see them not only in games but in training and everything is there.”
Origi went on an excellent goalscoring run before Christmas, but has been poor in 2017, with some Liverpool fans questioning his long-term suitability for the forward role.
The reality is Origi thrives when given space to run into, and in the past few games, we’ve come up against very deep defences which has limited him.
Sturridge is desperate to score goals, but for whatever reason, it’s not happening for him right now. Klopp prefers Roberto Firmino centrally, meaning Sturridge is often deployed alongside Liverpool’s second string in cup games. For this reason, it’s perhaps unfair to judge him too harshly, although it’d be great it the striker started banging them in again – because at his best – he’s untouchable.