Jurgen Klopp explains how he is managing Daniel Sturridge

Daniel Sturridge

Klopp says he will not treat the Liverpool forward 'like an orange'.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said that he will not treat Daniel Sturridge like an orange as he spoke about managing the forward's game time.

Sturridge seems to have got himself a decent spell of fitness after being blighted by injury problems for over a year. Klopp insisted he should have a pre-season within a season in order to build up some fitness, and the Reds' boss has managed him carefully since his return to fitness.

The striker's match-winning display against Bournemouth - where he scored and had a hand in the other goal in the 2-1 win and hit the woodwork twice - showcased his talent.

Klopp is quoted in the Liverpool Echo, saying: “If you think Daniel Sturridge can play from the first to the last minute in the last nine games, fine.

“Yes, he is in brilliant shape. I know it. The best thing for us, for him and for England for the European Championships is to keep him in the best shape since I have been here.

“Now we can say ‘Oh my God, Daniel is back, let’s push him through all these games!’ Yeah?

"If you think that is right, write it. If not, don’t ask me anymore. We will do what we think.

“But still, after this long period, you cannot use him as an orange and take each little bit of the juice.”

Having a young forward in a rich vein of form like Divock Origi has given Klopp a great selection dilemma to have as the Belgian scored in each leg of the Europa League quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund, and found the net twice in the 4-1 win over Stoke City. 

In both Europa League games Sturridge was used from the bench but he has recently completed 90 minutes against both Bournemouth and Stoke - while there have been times when he has been withdrawn on the hour-mark.

If Sturridge were to find the net in tonight's Merseyside derby, he will have scored 50 times in 87 games, a remarkable scoring record, although some are keen to see his appearance rate improve. Klopp's management of him is to make sure that his forward always has something left to give and is available more often than not as a result. 

This season, Sturridge has found the net nine times in 19 games to date.

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