Daniel Sturridge's return would give Jurgen Klopp an option he's craving

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Jurgen Klopp has used options from the bench to pretty good effect during the early stages of his Liverpool management.

Much has been written about Daniel Sturridge and his injury woes, and the potency he gives to the Liverpool side when he is actually fit and firing. Jurgen Klopp has yet to see that, as the 26-year-old has been unavailable for the first seven games of his Anfield reign. 

According to the Daily Mirror, Sturridge could be available for a huge Premier League clash against Manchester City in nine days time as he has stepped up his training after being sidelined once again following a collision with Jordon Ibe in training. 

It's hard to say just how Sturridge will adapt to Klopp's way of playing. But there are a few clues from his time on Merseyside so far as to how just how Sturridge will be managed upon his return to the side. 

One only has to look at Christian Benteke, though Klopp admitted he was managing a 'striker situation', Benteke was recovering from a hamstring injury in the first few games of his time in charge, before suffering a slight setback with his knee, before getting more time on the pitch from the start.

Benteke showed signs of sharpness in his cameos. He caused all three of Rubin Kazan, Southampton and Chelsea problems. Against Kazan he provided a potency that was sorely missed and hit the post late on, against the Saints he scored a bullet header, while the victory over Chelsea saw the defending champions have to deal with different threat that led to Philippe Coutinho getting his second of the afternoon and the Belgian getting his fourth of the campaign.

A great option from the bench seems to what Klopp likes if Benteke is anything to go by, especially when trying to manage the fitness of a player who has had a spell on the sidelines. 

Now what Klopp would have at his disposal is two very different forwards providing different goalscoring threats, but also the option of playing with a front two without having to call upon an inexperienced youngster. One must remember that Benteke had a terrific goalscoring record at Aston Villa, and Sturridge has a track record of being able to score 20 league goals in a season despite his injury problems. It adds a new dynamic to the team mid-game should Klopp feel it necessary to use him in that way. 

If you needed another example of how players are brought back into the side, Roberto Firmino have been given roles off the bench prior to being handed a starting berth of late and has grown in confidence, while his tenacity has created chances for the side even if they have been unable to take advantage of the opportunities presented to them.

In a close contest, even Sturridge when building his fitness back up could provide Jurgen Klopp's side with a real shot in the arm. 

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