Reds striker Daniel Sturridge has suffered numerous injury setbacks during his time at the club.
The England international has only just returned from a late pre-season hip problem, and was disappointing in the 2-0 defeat against Burnley.
However manager Jurgen Klopp believes that Sturridge hasn’t lost his quality at Liverpool.
“Daniel is still a very quick player but he’s had a lot of injuries in the last few years and a few muscle issues – I have no idea how this exactly changes the mind of a player,” said Klopp.
“He is still on the way back, but he is still an outstanding player, and even an outstanding player needs rhythm. Saturday was not the best game of football Daniel has ever played but, even in a game like this, he could have scored.
“I don’t compare him with the younger Daniel Sturridge. He is a really good player with all you need, when he is fit. Obviously there is a bit I can do to help him but you have to accept as a manager that it is really rare you can say 100 per cent what a player wants to hear.”
There was a lot of speculation that Klopp prefers Divock Origi, and for the manager to come out and defender Sturridge, will boost his confidence.
“What I can say, to any player, is that those who stay in the race and work really hard will get the benefit. That is how it is. Sometimes it is a little bit harder, sometimes easier, but that is the same for all of us.”