Klopp never questioned Sturridge's ability.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists he never pondered over Daniel Sturridge's ability after the forward scored a brace against Tottenham in the EFL Cup.

The England international scored two goals to help the Merseyside club seal a 2-1 win over Mauricio Pochettino's Lilywhites at Anfield on Tuesday night.

However, after the Reds booked a place in the EFL Cup quarter-finals, Klopp said there was never any doubt over the 27-year-old's natural aptitude.

"That's his talent, that's his strength. He's a finisher, he's a really good striker, there's no doubt about this," the former Dortmund coach said.

"I was never in doubt about this, even when he didn't score. That's not in question. We don't have to discuss the quality.

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"Divock Origi didn't score tonight but he played quite well. Danny Ings didn't score when he came in but he played really well.

"Daniel scored wonderful goals for us, really important. In the right moments, he and other players could have scored, and then it would have been perfect. It was really good."

Klopp also reserved praise for midfielder Kevin Stewart, adding: "He was good, very good. He is very important.

"I've said it a few times, he is the best challenger in the squad. An outstanding challenger - one-on-one situations, he is really ugly to play against.

"He is a good footballer as well. A good player and a good game."

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