Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has today revealed that he never even considered selling striker Danny Sturridge this summer.
Former Chelsea and Manchester City centre-forward Sturridge was heavily linked with an Anfield exit over the last few months, following injury-plagued spells during his last two years at the club.
The 28-year-old was regularly accused of giving in too easily to slight knocks over the past two campaigns, with large sections of Reds fans having called for the technically-gifted star to be moved on during the summer.
‘He is important’
Despite his recent struggles, however, Sturridge remains, on his day, one of the finest strikers in the Premier League.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has long defended his under-fire star throughout his spells on the sidelines, and has today revealed that parting ways with the Englishman was not a route that the club took into consideration this summer.
Speaking in a press conference ahead of his side’s clash with Leicester City this evening, the German tactician explained:
‘Yes, we did (have that chat) and all was good.’
‘It was not a talk with him saying ‘when can I go?’ or ‘where can I go?’. Not that talk, but about what we planned for this season.’
‘Daniel is important, not could be, he is important.’