Klopp hands Sturridge Liverpool lifeline

first_imgWith 12 months left on his contract it appeared Sturridge’s Anfield career was over but he has looked sharp in his five friendly games and Klopp, who became frustrated by the player’s unavailability last season, is prepared to hand him a lifeline.“We’re not in doubt — and nobody was ever in doubt — about his quality,” the Liverpool manager told liverpoolfc.com.“In this moment he looks really good to be honest. That’s cool — really cool for him and cool for us. (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 strong 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.”Sturridge could be in line to start the Premier League campaign at home to West Ham on August 12, with Roberto Firmino and new goalkeeper and fellow Brazil international Alisson only rejoining the squad at next week’s training camp in France.Liverpool are currently taking part in the International Champions Cup in the United States.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge in action during the 2018 International Champions Cup in the United States© AFP JIM WATSONLONDON, United Kingdom, July 25 -Jurgen Klopp says Daniel Sturridge can be a “decisive player” for Liverpool after impressive displays from the injury-plagued striker in pre-season matches.Sturridge, 28, went to West Brom on loan in January but was injured early on and managed just six appearances.last_img read more

Ronaldo: ‘Revelation’ Salah can win Ballon d’Or

first_imgBallon D’Or Ronaldo: ‘Revelation’ Salah can win Ballon d’Or Matt Dorman Last updated 1 year ago 19:56 6/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Cristiano Ronaldo Mohamed Salah Real Madrid Liverpool 2017-18 Getty Images Ballon D’Or Mohamed Salah Portugal Egypt World Cup Real Madrid Liverpool Premier League Primera División Cristiano Ronaldo Powerade The Portuguese believes the Liverpool forward can break his and Lionel Messi’s grip on the annual prize following his form this season Cristiano Ronaldo believes Liverpool sensation Mohamed Salah is a genuine contender to break his and Lionel Messi’s decade-long dominance of the Ballon d’Or.Salah enjoyed a stunning debut season at Anfield, scooping the Premier League Golden Boot en route to netting 44 goals in all competitions.His sparkling form underpinned the Reds’ surge to a surprise Champions League final appearance against Ronaldo’s Real Madrid, but the fairytale ended in tears as a shoulder injury forced him out in the early stages of the 3-1 defeat in Kiev. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Ronaldo, who has shared five Ballons d’Or apiece with Messi since 2008, hopes the Egypt international will be fit to prove his class at the World Cup.”Salah has been one of the revelations of the year,” Ronaldo told reporters.”I hope his injury in the final in Kiev doesn’t keep him out.”Many people talk about the battle for the Ballon d’Or between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi but there are other players who have a chance to enter the race. Salah is certainly one of them.”With a fifth Champions League crown secured, Ronaldo has set his sights on leading Portugal to more silverware in what will be his fourth World Cup.The 33-year-old admits a tough Group B opener against Spain on June 15 is not ideal, but he remains confident the European champions will reach the knockout rounds.”A defeat on the first day puts you in a bad way for the rest of the tournament so it’s important to start well,” he said. “But I believe both Spain and Portugal will reach the next round.”To win the World Cup would be a dream for Portugal but to do it we have to play the same way we did in Euro 2016, as a team and all together.”last_img read more