Friday 21 June 2019

Klopp praises Sturridge and Moreno as Liverpool exits confirmed

Jurgen Klopp. Photo: Getty Images
Jurgen Klopp. Photo: Getty Images

Jamie Holland

England striker Daniel Sturridge will leave Anfield a "modern-day Liverpool great", according to Reds boss Jurgen Klopp.

The club confirmed yesterday both Sturridge and defender Alberto Moreno would leave the Champions League winners when their contracts expire this summer.

Sturridge (29) moved to Anfield from Chelsea in January 2013 and went on to score 67 times in 160 appearances for the Reds.

Moreno (26) joined the Reds from Sevilla in August 2014, playing 141 games for the Anfield club.

Klopp described both men as "remarkable players", adding that everyone at the club should say "thank you" for their efforts.

"They were here when I arrived as manager and during that period they - as much as anyone - helped to establish us as a team that would be heading in the right direction.

"Without them we wouldn't be the team and club we are in this moment," said the German coach, whose side beat Tottenham in Madrid on Saturday when both players were unused substitutes.

Sturridge's last appearance for Liverpool came as a late substitute during the 4-0 Champions League semi-final second-leg win over Barcelona, which saw the Klopp's men complete a remarkable turnaround.

While the next destination of the England international remains to be seen, Klopp is in no doubt of Sturridge's qualities.

"Daniel has earned the right to be considered a modern-day Liverpool great, I would think," he said. "He came to the club while we were trying to rebuild and re-establish ourselves. Some of the goals he has scored for Liverpool were so, so, so important.

"He is one of the best finishers I have ever seen in my life."

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