I won’t squeeze Sturridge like an orange – Klopp

Date published: Wednesday 20th April 2016 9:17

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists he will continue to monitor Daniel Sturridge’s gametime despite the striker’s return to form.

The England international striker, who was man-of-the-match in the Reds’ win over Bournemouth on Sunday, is recovering from a long list of injuries.

Klopp’s side host Merseyside rivals Everton on Wednesday night and the German has to decide whether to stick with Sturridge or recall fellow striker Divock Origi for the derby.

Ahead of the match, Klopp made it clear he was in no mood to change his rotation policy during the Premier League run-in.

“If you think Daniel Sturridge can play from the first to the last minute in the last nine games, fine,” Klopp told reporters.

“Yes, he is in brilliant shape. I know it. The best thing for us, for him and for England for the European Championships is to keep him in the best shape since I have been here.

“Now we can say ‘Oh my God, Daniel is back, let’s push him through all these games!’ Yeah?

“If you think that is right, write it. If not, don’t ask me anymore. We will do what we think.

“But still, after this long period, you cannot use him as an orange and take each little bit of the juice.”

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