Jurgen Klopp: Why I was so happy with this Liverpool goal

The Liverpool manager was delighted to see Daniel Sturridge get on the score sheet in 4-1 win over Stoke

Jurgen Klopp says he was thrilled to see Daniel Sturridge get on the score sheet after Liverpool’s 4-1 victory over Stoke City on Tuesday evening.

The England international was a second-half substitute at Anfield in their first Premier League fixture since Christmas Day as Liverpool looked to close the gap on current leaders Chelsea.

Sturridge was introduced with Liverpool leading 3-1 thanks to goals from Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino as well as Giannelli Imbula’s own goal after Jonathan Walters had broken the deadlock in the first half for the visitors.

And the former Chelsea striker opened his account for the 2016-17 Premier League season after Sturridge capitalised on Ryan Shawcross’ poor back pass and managed to avoid the challenge of goalkeeper Lee Grant to added the home side’s fourth goal.

Speaking at his post-match media conference following Liverpool’s 4-1 win against Stoke, Klopp explained why he was so pleased to see Sturridge score on Tuesday night.

“I was more than pleased, it was a perfect goal. In a situation like this, 3-1 up but still intense, and then you can then use the quality Daniel has, that’s perfect,” Klopp said.

“In this moment, you can learn a lot of things in life, but not being in this position in this moment – that’s natural and doing what he did was perfect. It was a wonderful goal. It was very, very important because it closed the game and gave us the opportunity to cool down a little bit.”

Sturridge has found his first-team opportunities limited in the 2016-17 season.

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