Jurgen Klopp discusses Daniel Sturridge’s fitness after Liverpool thrash Southampton

Jurgen Klopp insists he is confident that Liverpool can manage Daniel Sturridge's fitness levels

Jurgen Klopp insists that Liverpool are prepared to manage Daniel Sturridge’s fitness after the striker scored two goals on his return to the starting line-up in Wednesday night’s 6-1 League Cup quarter-final thrashing of Southampton.

Staring his first game since the Merseyside derby back at the start of October, Sturridge scored twice in four first-half minutes to put the Reds in front after Sadio Mane had given the hosts an early lead.

Divock Origi then deflected in Alberto Moreno’s shot in on the stoke of half-time, before the Belgian striker netted a spectacular fourth.

Substitute Jordon Ibe, who came on for Sturridge on the hour-mark, added to the scoreline, before Origi glanced home a header for his third and Liverpool’s sixth to complete the rout.

Asked about Sturridge’s fitness after the game, Klopp told Sky Sports: “This isn’t the first time we’ve talked about this [Sturridge’s fitness]. We try to do what we can to keep him fit.

“Sometimes it can be bad luck, even for a long period, but he felt good during the game and at the end of it.

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“He doesn’t have to play in all the games, but if we can decide when is the right moment to fight, and when is the right moment for recovery, everything should be OK.”

Liverpool will take on Stoke City in the semi-finals in January, with Everton facing Manchester City in the other tie.

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