Daniel Sturridge has shown his quality upon his return to Liverpool this summer.
The Englishman has suffered numerous injuries in the past few years, which have had a detrimental impact on his performances.
But after spending the second half of last season on loan at West Bromwich Albion, Sturridge seems to have worked his way back into Klopp’s plans.
Sturridge had to make do with a place on the bench against West Ham, but he made his mark immediately after coming on.
The 28-year-old replaced Mohamed Salah in the 87th minute against the east London club. Just seconds later he was wheeling away in celebration, tapping home a James Milner cross from close range.
All Liverpool fans would have been happy for Sturridge.
He has suffered very bad luck with injuries in the past few seasons, but he has done his best to work his way back into the side.
The forward was duly rewarded for his efforts with a goal against West Ham.
But one person who does not have any sympathy for Sturridge is BeIN Sports commentator, Andy Gray.
Instead of praising Sturridge for scoring his first Liverpool goal since November 2017, Gray slated him, claiming he’s not going overboard with him because he’s let fans down too many times.
“No one doubts the ability the young man’s got,” he told beIN SPORTS, per Football 365. “I have doubted his desire to put himself out there on the football pitch time and time again.
“Listen, it’s a great start for him. I’m not going overboard about Daniel Sturridge because there’s too many times when he’s let too many people down.”
“Let’s wait and see. For Liverpool’s sake, I hope he is the new Sturridge.
“I hope he has learned and I hope he does want to play in the latter part of his career time and time again.”
That seems a bit harsh, doesn’t it? Why can’t Gray just be happy for Sturridge after the injury turmoil he has been through?
Very needless comments from Gray.
Meanwhile, former Liverpool player John Aldridge believes that Sturridge can provide a different dimension to the club’s attack if he remains fully-fit.
“Like most people, I love watching him when he is fit and firing,” Aldridge wrote in his column for the Liverpool Echo.
“Hopefully he can continue to kick on the way he has done from pre-season because he is a great option to have off the bench for Klopp.
“The big task for Sturridge now is to stay fit and stay contributing when called upon, because although he will be a back-up to Firmino, he will certainly have a part to play.
“A fully-fit Sturridge offers a completely different dimension to Klopp’s attack.”