Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes Daniel Sturridge is one of the best finishers in the game when fully fit, following his side’s progress into the Europa League final.
Sturridge has finally made his way back to full match fitness after a long injury lay-off, scoring one and creating the other two in the Reds’ 3-0 win over Villarreal at Anfield on Thursday night to secure a 3-1 victory on aggregate in the Europa League semi-finals.
This will be their second final of the season under Klopp after he guided the Merseysiders to the League Cup final earlier this year, where they lost on penalties to Manchester City.
“He played a great game,” Klopp said. “You all see now when Daniel Sturridge is fit he is an unbelievable striker. But even he needs players to play with.
“I know about his quality. I knew before I came here. Now I know it better. He’s a good player and it is good to have him here.”
The German also believes his team have shown their quality throughout the competition, leading to the club’s first European final since the 2007 Champions League.
“I think this year we have shown a lot of times what we are capable of and what they could be capable of in the future, so that is really nice and a really good sign,” he said.
“That is more important for me as a manager, but when you perform in the right moments like we did tonight, against [Borussia] Dortmund or against [Manchester] United and Augsburg, then you want to have it all.
“Nine years between the last final and this one. Europe is big. A lot of teams want to go to finals. It is not too easy. Now we are there and it is a great opportunity and we will take it as that.”