May 25 2017, 06:10 | Van Peters
Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez has given his players belief
The keeper was caught out, however, five minutes before the break when a piece of Sturridge improvisation set up Firmino for the opening goal.
He started and scored in Liverpool's 2-1 win over Bournemouth at the weekend, after coming off the bench to inspire the Reds' 4-3 comeback against Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League last Thursday.
The 22-year-old said he feels comfortable to play in any position and will not go just to be a squad player.
"As a manager, I decide if I play with one, two, three or four strikers. I was not surprised, but it was better than I thought it would be". Mental-wise and physical-wise, it's really good, and for us so important, because, for example, Roberto Firmino now has a problem.
Marc Pugh twice forced Ward into action before Joshua King pulled one back in stoppage time for Bournemouth, yet the visitors were still able to see out a win which takes them back into contention for at least a top-six finish.
The England worldwide striker, who was man-of-the-match in the Reds' win over Bournemouth on Sunday, is recovering from a long list of injuries.
"He was very good", said Klopp of Sturridge, making his fourth Premier League start in a row. They were really brilliant. “Words can't really describe what it meant to me to make my Liverpool debut", the Wales worldwide told Echo. “Surprisingly, I wasn't nervous”. “I wouldn't say we deserved anything". At the end of the day I get paid to keep the ball out of the back of the net and help the team. It has made things hard for Klopp, who will have had his mind changed about one or two players after the results this week.
"No! That's how you understand football?"
"OK. We live on different planets". We really tried to enjoy the game and that's what they did.
Klopp bristled at questions about Sturridge during his pre-match press conference ahead of the Premier League clash with Everton, saying the club would "do what we think" is best for the player, Liverpool and England.
They were quite tight to the player, but they definitely hit the arm.