Klopp explains Sturridge’s early substitution

Date published: Saturday 17th September 2016 10:05

Jurgen Klopp claims that he hauled off Daniel Sturridge after just 56 minutes against Chelsea because he no longer looked capable of sprinting.

The Liverpool striker looked fatigued in the early stages of the second half and walked straight down the tunnel when he was replaced by Divock Origi.

“I couldn’t see that he could sprint anymore, so that’s why we had to change. We had a healthy, young striker on the bench. That’s all,” said manager Klopp.

“The first half was really good – really good – from Daniel. We need this player there in the centre who we can play with and if there’s a ball behind the line sometimes, so that we can go there and can push up in the last line.

“I don’t think there is an injury, it is only the situation. Nobody told me about an injury, so all is good.”

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