Striker Daniel Sturridge’s return to full fitness gives Liverpool more options tactically, coach Jurgen Klopp said after the forward opened the scoring in Sunday’s 4-0 Premier League victory over West Ham United.
The 27-year-old striker made his first league start since January after an injury-ridden season where he had various 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 former Chelsea striker netting seven goals.
The Red Side, who are battling to hold on to a place in the top four, host relegated Middlesbrough in their last match of the season on Sunday.