Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: Daniel Sturridge is ‘in the best shape for a few months and for us it’s very important’

Jurgen Klopp has hailed the impact of Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, who he says is in ‘the best shape for a few months’.

The England and Reds talisman netted his 11th goal of the season – in just 21 matches – in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Newcastle at Anfield.

That puts the former Chelsea and Man City man one goal behind leading scorer Philippe Coutinho and Sturridge appears to be back to full fitness since returning in February.

“He is in the best shape for a few months,” Klopp told Liverpool’s official website after watching his side surrender a two-goal lead.

“I don’t know for how long but now [playing] 90 minutes is no real problem anymore and that’s good.

“You cannot see a difference between the first 60 and the last 30. For us, it’s very important.

“It was a wonderful goal very early in the game. It was not a real chance to be honest but he made the best of it. It was good.”

It was the Merseysiders’ tenth draw of the season and Klopp’s men now turn their attentions to Thursday’s Europa League semi-final first leg with Villarreal and the German does not want to dwell too much.

“We cannot think about the reason (for drawing) too much,” he continued.

“We were dominant and played football. We did really well against an intensive opponent but you need a bit of luck in decisive moments.

“We had this penalty situation, I think it was a clear penalty (when Daniel Sturridge appeared to be fouled by Cheick Tiote).

“A 2-2 draw is not too good but we have to accept it.”

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