Jurgen Klopp understands if Daniel Sturridge 'not happy' with current role

Jurgen Klopp understands if Daniel Sturridge 'not happy' with current role
From ESPN - November 20, 2017

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes striker Daniel Sturridge needs to put aside any concerns he may have about his place in the side for the good of the club's season.

Klopp arrived in Spain for the crucial Champions League clash with Sevilla on the back of more speculation about the future of his England striker, who will reportedly look for a move in January in an attempt to salvage his World Cup hopes with the Three Lions.

Similar noises about a lack of game time and a January move were heard 12 months ago, but Klopp shrugged them off.

"I can imagine a player with his quality is not happy that he is not starting all the time, but that's all,'' said Klopp.

"The situation with the player is completely okay. At this moment we are in November and need all our players -- even if he feels a little different.

"There is around one-and-a-half months before the window opens and I do not think about things like this. There are so many games before then and I need all of them [his players].''

As Klopp was in Spain it was no surprise to hear the local media ask about the continued speculation linking Barcelona with another move for Philippe Coutinho, who handed in a transfer request when he learned of their interest in August only for three bids from the Catalans to be rejected out of hand.

Klopp, however, brushed it aside, saying: "He is 100 percent Liverpool.''

With qualification for the knockout stage up for grabs in Spain, the Reds boss would like to exact some payback for their 2016 Europa League final defeat by beating Sevilla on their own turf.


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