Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has again insisted that there are no issues between him and striker Daniel Sturridge.
Speaking ahead of his side’s win over Leicester City on Saturday, a game which Sturridge started and played a key part in as the hosts secured a 4-1 victory, Klopp was forced to dismiss talk of problems with the England international again.
Sturridge has struggled to start games for the Reds so far this season, with competition for places forcing him onto the sidelines as well as out of position on occasion.
In turn, it has unsurprisingly led to speculation that all is not well at Anfield with regards to the 27-year-old, while his injury woes have also continued to disrupt his progress.
However, despite all that, Klopp has rebuffed claims that there are any issues between him and his forward, and Sturridge will hope that he can now build on his display against the Foxes and have a positive impact for his team on a consistent basis in the months ahead.
“I don’t have for one second a problem with Daniel Sturridge,” Klopp told reporters. “Since I am here we always speak about Daniel Sturridge. I have to make decisions, and I don’t make decisions because of transfer windows with the line-up.
“Of course, everything could start now. We now have two months not to talk about transfers and then it starts again because of the winter transfer window. That’s how it is.
“But really with Daniel there was not one second a problem that he’s not happy when he doesn’t start. I think a player has to be like this. That’s no problem.”
Injuries have been a big problem for the former Chelsea and Manchester City star, as he has made just 12 and 14 Premier League appearances in the last two seasons respectively.
However, if he is able to stay fit and avoid setbacks, there is no denying the kind of impact that he can have on the team and in turn Klopp will be hoping for calm and consistency rather than allowing speculation to turn the situation into something that it isn’t.