Jurgen Klopp has praised Daniel Sturridge's display in the 6-0 win, talking about how difficult he makes it for opponents.
Speaking to Liverpool's official website, Klopp admitted that he was surprised by the way Sturridge was so in tune with his teammates despite his recent lack of action.
Sturridge netted the opener in the heavy win against Aston Villa, and played an hour before being substituted as a precaution.
Klopp said: "We need the goals of Daniel and he needs the goals, that's clear. It's not a surprise that he can score goals of course but it's a surprise how well tuned he is with the team when he starts. With his movements, he's a real striker, that's good to see.
“When he hides himself on the pitch [from the defenders] it's really difficult for the last line to defend if he's always somewhere and you don't know where his next move is.
"That's very important for us and changes a lot of things, of course, but we can only speak about this when he's available. When he's not then we cannot say, 'with Daniel it would have been different'."
Sturridge's quality has shown whenever he is on the pitch, but Klopp has barely had a look at him since he was appointed as manager.
The striker deserves a bit of luck with his fitness after missing the majority of the last one-and-a-half seasons, and with a cup final and Euro 2016 on the horizon, Sturridge has all the motivation he needs to be successful, if his body can hold up.