German football expert comments on the Liverpool forward that will be best suited to Jurgen Klopp's style of play

Daniel Sturridge

Rafa Honigstein thinks Daniel Sturridge will have a lot to offer a Klopp team when he returns to fitness.

BT Sport's German football expert Rafa Honigstein has said that Daniel Sturridge is the Liverpool striker most suited to the style of play favoured by manager Jurgen Klopp.

Sturridge has yet to feature for Klopp since the former Borussia Dortmund manager replaced Brendan Rodgers in the Anfield hotseat, with the 26-year-old currently sidelined through injury.

Honigstein said: "I think if he's fully fit, then Daniel Sturridge is probably the best suited simply because he's got pace and can play on the shoulder.

"He's got that type of play, the linking up, that would work really well."  

Under Brendan Rodgers last season there was something of an over-reliance on Sturridge, even when he wasn't in the side, as he missed all but three games in the first half of the season through a succession of injuries and both the manager and fans alike were suggesting that the side would have enjoyed a better campaign were it not for his wretched injury record last term.

But the pundit did suggest that Klopp's sides have a history of adapting and playing a little differently in the final third.

He added: "Again, Dortmund won the title when [Robert] Lewandowski was playing as a number 10 - that sounds odd now - he played as a second striker, quite deep, and Lucas Barrios played up front - a South American who was an out and out poacher, almost a goal hanger.

"Within Klopp's system there is a lot of room for flexibility and for different approaches in the final third and I don't think he's necessarily set on specific type of players. I think he'll always look at the quality, then work with that quality and make it work the system."

Honigstein referenced a time when Klopp bought Ciro Immobile during his time at Dortmund as an example that the recently appointed Liverpool manager is willing to seek different types of footballers, as he has four pretty different forwards at his disposal in the form of Sturridge, Christian Benteke, Danny Ings and Divock Origi - even if he is currently experiencing something of a shortage in the final third. 

He said: "Maybe that was a mistake because it didn't work out but I think the fact they bought him in the first place shows you that he was quite happy to say 'no, we don't just need small players or fast players like Obemayang - we can play with a centre forward again'.

"I think he's quite flexible and it will just come down to individual performances." 

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