Daniel Sturridge has no desire to leave Liverpool and believes “something special” could be on the horizon under Jurgen Klopp.
When Klopp arrived at Anfield to replace Brendan Rodgers, Sturridge was out injured and it is fair to say that it took the German months to warm up to the England striker.
But Sturridge is finally fit and despite not being a regular starter he has rejected suggestions he is growing unhappy at Liverpool.
“Yeah, of course I am happy here,” Sturridge said.
“I’m happy. I’m happy. I have never expressed not being happy here. I think it is everyone playing Devil’s Advocate.
“They see that I have been left out sometimes and they think ‘maybe that means he is unhappy’ but, at the end of the day, the manager has got a job to do.
“He has got to pick the team that he feels is best on the day. And I have got a job to do, which is to perform when I am playing.
“I have had the injuries and I have been in and out of the side in recent times but it has never been a case that I am not happy at the club.
“I am grateful to the club for giving me the chance to come here from Chelsea. I am grateful to Brendan for signing me as well.
“Now Jurgen has come in and he is giving me minutes on the pitch. You know — I could not be playing at all.
“But, of course, I want to be playing in every game. It’s one of those things that you have to take on the chin.”
Sturridge says that he feels their is something special developing at Liverpool, especially after Thursday’s Europa League semifinal second leg win against Villarreal. The 26-year-old striker feels that victory in Basle may kick-start what Sturridge believes is an exciting future under Klopp.
“We get that impression as players,” he said. “Hopefully it is the start of something special but we will take each game as it comes.
“We didn’t win the last final we played in, so we have to learn from that. I think this game has shown we have learned.
“This was a massive game, playing on our home turf. But we took things from the Capital One Cup in to Villarreal. We couldn’t have any regrets. We had to put everything in to it to try and get the results.”