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Jurgen Klopp told Daniel Sturridge: 'Now I know what everybody is talking about'

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Daniel Sturridge returned to the Liverpool starting line-up with a bang on Wednesday night.

The England international bagged a brace to help the Reds on their way to an emphatic 6-1 win over Southampton and book their place in the Capital One Cup semi-final.

The Anfield giants were behind within a minute through a Sadio Mane, but Sturridge put his side ahead with two goals in the space of four minutes.

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And his 59-minute display at St Mary's left Jurgen Klopp delighted, with the German boss telling his striker after the game: "Now I know what everybody is talking about."

Sturridge's fitness has been a frustration for Klopp and Liverpool fans alike, and the quarter-final clash was his first start under the former Borussia Dortmund manager.

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Following the game, Klopp insisted the 26-year-old would have to pick and choose his battles this season.

As per the Daily Mail, he said: "I knew about his quality but not live in a stadium.

"Can Sturridge get back to what he was? Please, you don't really want to ask this question. How should I know? You know him much longer than me. Maybe he can be better.

"He can't play every game for us. He needs to decide when it's time to fight and when to rest; then he'll be OK."

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Liverpool fans were ecstatic to see Sturridge back among the goals, but won't be getting their hopes up just yet.

The former Chelsea and Manchester City striker has missed almost half of the Merseyside club's games since his move from Stamford Bridge in 2013.

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A prolonged run of games would be a huge boost to Klopp. But even without Sturridge it is clear to see the Liverpool players have taken to his philosophies.

The Reds have now gone four games on the bounce without tasting defeat and their recent away form has been faultless.

Sitting just six points off the summit of the Premier League, Liverpool could be about to embark on something special this season.

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