(Reuters) - Daniel Sturridge’s return to full fitness gives Liverpool more options tactically, manager Juergen Klopp said after the striker opened the scoring in Sunday’s 4-0 Premier League win over West Ham United.
Sturridge made his first league start since January after an injury-ridden season where he had multiple spells on the sidelines.
“It’s a cool thing having Daniel in this shape. We had two options... but we wanted to create more space for Coutinho to play more passes and be more influential,” Klopp told reporters.
“It’s nice that we can bring him into these games. His smartness was fantastic, and hopefully we can go through this week without injuries.”
Sturridge’s hip, calf and ankle injuries have limited him to just 26 appearances this season, with the 27-year-old scoring seven goals.
Liverpool, who are battling to hold on to a place in the top four, host relegated Middlesbrough in their last game of the season on Sunday.
Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford