Daniel Sturridge says he's happy at Liverpool and hits back at criticism over injuries

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge joined manager Jurgen Klopp ahead of his side's Europa League last 32 second leg clash with Augsburg at Anfield.

Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge has batted away any speculation that he is looking for a move away from the club by stating he is happy at Anfield.

Reports had emerged in the press at the start of the month, including from the Daily Mail, that Sturridge was prepared to quit the club after a series of injuries had kept him sidelined from action, but Sturridge seems focussed on performing for the Reds.

He previewed tomorrow night's Europa League tie against Augsburg alongside Jurgen Klopp, and told reporters at the pre-match press conference, as reported by the Liverpool Echo: "I am looking forward to the future at Liverpool. I am happy here.

"It's important to worry about the present. It's been a difficult time being injured but it's part of football."

Sturridge also said any notion that he didn't want to play football as had been suggested on social media was disrespectful to any footballer.

"To say a player doesn't want to play is the biggest disrespect you can make to a footballer.

"It’s astonishing and disappointing to hear that from whoever says it.

"People are entitled to their opinions, but I don’t think anybody understands what it means to me to play football and I'll continue doing my best for Liverpool."

Sturridge has returned to action at a crucial time for the Reds, having featured in each of their last three matches, and found the net in the side's 6-0 win over Aston Villa ten days ago.

The next two games could make or break the Reds' season as they look to make it to the last 16 of the Europa League and lift the first piece of silverware on offer this season when they face Manchester City in the League Cup final at Wembley on Sunday.

He added: "It's important for everyone to be ready for both games, not just me. We need to be prepared and have the right mentality."

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp began his time with the press by following up with what they had to ask Sturridge, saying: "It's good you had the chance to speak to Daniel. A few things are clearer now.

"It was interesting to hear what you asked. He was completely relaxed. We don’t want to think about the wrong things. We’ve heard from him, not second or third hand. His future is at LFC and now we can stop thinking about this."

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