Liverpool head-coach Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that he has held talks with England international forward Daniel Sturridge over his future.
English forward spent the second half of last campaign on loan at West Bromwich Albion, however, managed to make only six appearances before his season was ended prematurely by knee injury.
Such problems have plagued Sturridge in recent campaigns, leading to speculation that the Merseyside Reds would look to offload him this summer, however, he has played a significant role in pre-season tour so far and German manager has been impressed with what he has seen.
“We’re not in doubt – and nobody was ever in doubt – about his quality. In this moment he looks really good to be honest. That’s cool – really cool for him and cool for us,” Klopp told LFC TV.
“[It’s] a very important moment for him. I am in talks with him, what he feels. I don’t want to make him the most physically strongest player in the squad or whatever.
“The most physically strong player in the squad cannot play football like Daniel Sturridge and he has no possibility to be that, to be the marathon man of the team, but he can be a very decisive player. It’s a good moment and hopefully it will stay like that.”
Sturridge, who has been with the Merseyside Reds since 2013, is entering the final year of his current deal at Liverpool.