Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed he decided not risk Daniel Sturridge during the 0-0 draw against Tottenham on Saturday (17 October) amid concerns of suffering another injury blow after losing Joe Gomez and Danny Ings to long-term injuries. But the former Borussia Dortmund boss says he has "100% trust" in getting the best out of the ex-Chelsea and Manchester City star this season.
Klopp was forced to hand Divock Origi the loan striker role in his first game in charge after Sturridge suffered a knock while training, joining Christian Benteke, Roberto Firmino and Ings on the injury treatment table.
Sturridge's fitness has been under scrutiny after he was plagued with injuries during much of the last campaign, since sustaining a thigh injury in September 2014 while on international duty. The England international suffered set-backs during his recovery, while on 5 May he required surgery due to a hip problem, which left him on the sidelines until the start of the 2015-16 season.
Klopp is confident Sturridge will back to his best under him but claims that following the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries sustained by Gomez and Ings in his first week in charge, he could not risk him at White Hart Lane.
"I have known Daniel now for one week, and for six days he was perfect in training. Everything we did he was full of power, skills. He was outstanding. He did so many good things and then he got this contact with [Jordon] Ibe," the manager said to Liverpool Echo. "In another situation I would have talked to him and said 'please try'. But we can't in a week of two ACL injuries. Come on.
"It is OK for Daniel [to miss the Spurs game]. We need Daniel for sure and if we played this game on Thursday then maybe he would play. No problem. I trust 100% this player. If Daniel is back then he can play no problem. If he is not then I don't think about it because if the medics and physiotherapists tell me it is not possible, then it is not possible. I don't have to discuss it, just think about another solution."