Daniel Sturridge has given his take on working under Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool. The striker didn’t have the easiest of times.
Daniel Sturridge never felt like a proper fit under Jurgen Klopp. The boss joined in late 2015 and Sturridge wasn’t his ideal striker.
We got moments of magic, of course. That goal in the Europe League final and his wonder-strike at Chelsea come to mind immediately.
But Sturridge lacked the energy and the fitness to thrive under Klopp. Once the Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah forward line was established, that was it for Sturridge as a first-team option.
So how does he look back on life under Klopp? Well, he explained all when talking with the High Performance Podcast.
Sturridge on Klopp
“ I have to give Jurgen a mention,” he said. “Jurgen was a great manager. He’s different to all the others, and I didn’t play as much under him, but I learned a lot and we had a very good relationship, especially towards the end.
“That last season the relationship I had with Jurgen was unbelievable and I’ve got nothing but love and respect for him, not only for what he’s achieved at Liverpool but for the relationship we have today.”
It’s fantastic to hear Sturridge talk so well of Klopp and it’s a testament to how well-regarded the German is. Sturridge was never at his best while the two were together but he still sees Klopp as magnificent.
What could have been
Daniel Sturridge really could have gone down as an all-time Liverpool great. He was that good.
There have been an awful lot of great forwards at the club over the years – even just the last 20. But Sturridge, on his day, was up there with the best.
He’d score tap-ins, screamers, impossible goals, vital goals and just about everything you could want. It’s just such a shame that Sturridge never fulfilled his potential.
He exploded into life with Liverpool, joining in January 2013 and immediately thriving. Sturridge had 10 goals in 14 Premier League games by the end of that season.
His next season carried on that wonderful form. Sturridge got winner after winner to start what turned out to be a sensational season for Liverpool. His partnership with Luis Suarez was one of the best we’ve ever seen and that’s saying something.
Sturridge scored 21 Premier League goals in 29 games across 13/14 – only Suarez scored more. And then things went downhill.
Sturridge was supposed to be the main man after the Uruguayan left but injuries didn’t allow for it. He played just 12 Premier League games the next season and never fully recovered.
It’s arguably the biggest let-down of recent times at Liverpool. Sturridge should be regarded as a great. Instead, he’s one that got away.