Daniel Sturridge is set to stay at Liverpool this season with Jurgen Klopp prepared to run the risk of losing the striker on a free transfer next summer.
The England frontman had looked destined to leave Anfield after an injury-plagued loan spell at relegated West Brom.
However, Liverpool are now ready to rebuff any interest from rival clubs and retain his services for the final year of his £120,000 per week contract.
Sturridge has worked tirelessly to regain fitness and has impressed Klopp with his attitude and application in pre-season.
“Who doubts Daniel Sturridge when he is fit? I don’t,” Klopp said after Sunday’s defeat to Borussia Dortmund in Charlotte.
“He is an outstanding player when he is fit. The future is bright.
“He is still young enough. It is not as if he is 30-something. He is experienced. He has natural arrogance that you need on the pitch, so when something doesn’t work he doesn’t disappear out of the game for 10 minutes.”
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