Daniel Sturridge targets more Liverpool game time after 100th goal

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has said he wants manager Jurgen Klopp to give him more game time but accepts he has to deliver when the opportunity arises.

Sturridge scored the first goal in the 3-0 victory home over Huddersfield with a cushioned finish over goalkeeper Jonas Lossl.

It was his 100th club career goal and his 62nd in 130 games for Liverpool, a rate that would have been much better had it not been for three years of injury problems.

Sturridge believes he is now as fit as he has ever been but knows his challenge is to persuade Klopp he is worthy of a place in the team after only his fourth start of the season.

He told Liverpool's official website: "It's getting that rhythm, that flow. For myself, I feel like I'm best when I'm like that playing regularly.

"But the manager picks the team and I'll never cause any issues or problems in the camp because he's the boss. I have a lot of respect for him and for his decisions.

"When I go onto the pitch it's important for me to show what I can do. It doesn't matter how many minutes you get -- you've got to put your best foot forward and show what you can do for the team."

The goal against Huddersfield was only Sturridge's fourth in 2017, and the England international said he had forgotten he had been waiting to bring up his career century.

"I didn't even think about that -- I completely forgot," he added. "Hopefully there will be a lot more to come. There could have been a lot more, but you can never look at the past, you look to the future and hopefully I'll be able to score another 100 before my career is over.''

For all the criticism of Liverpool's defence following last week's 4-1 defeat at Tottenham the clean sheet against Huddersfield was their fourth at home, where they have conceded just one league goal.

Klopp had planned to give the same back four and goalkeeper the opportunity to redeem themselves only to lose Dejan Lovren, the man who came in for the most criticism, in the warm-up, prompting a late promotion for Ragnar Klavan.

They were barely tested as the Terriers registered just one off-target shot, and Klopp said of his decision to name the same back five: "I thought it made sense, it was the only reason why we did it.

"If something doesn't work you can change everything or you can stick to what you did before.

"I was convinced before the Tottenham game that these boys are the right ones and I will not change after one very bad performance, so I am not that confused.''