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Sturridge has no concerns over Liverpool future after goalscoring return

The striker marked his return to the starting XI with a goal at West Ham.

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LIVERPOOL STRIKER DANIEL Sturridge insists he has no concerns over his future after helping Jurgen Klopp’s side consolidate their place in the Champions League qualification spots with a 4-0 win at West Ham.

Making his first Premier League start since January, Sturridge opened the scoring 35 minutes into Sunday’s encounter at London Stadium, with a brace from Philippe Coutinho and a late effort from Divock Origi making sure of the points after the interval.

Sturridge – a fringe player since Klopp’s arrival on Merseyside – has been linked with a move away from Anfield in the upcoming transfer window, but the England man was quick to dismiss the rumours.

“I don’t have any worries about next season,” Sturridge told Sky Sports.

“I have a good relationship with the manager and the fans have been brilliant. I’m just looking forward to the last game next week and getting the job done now.”

Sturridge displayed the clinical edge the Reds have been lacking at times this term with his opener – a brilliant run and finish from Coutinho’s pinpoint pass.

The 27-year-old has struggled for form and fitness this season and that was just his third league goal of the campaign, but Sturridge claims his sole focus is on helping Liverpool secure a top-four place.

“It was an important game for us. We had the right attitude and we got an important victory,” he said.

“I feel sharp. I’m glad to be starting and providing chances for the boys.

“It is important to everyone at the club. It has been a good last few weeks for us, but we probably have not got as many points as we should. We rose to the occasion today.”

Meanwhile, Slaven Bilic was left deflated after a difficult first season at London Stadium ended in misery for West Ham

“We could have scored the first goal with [Sam] Byram, we should have equalised and the third goal was a strange decision,” said the Hammers boss.

“We have to be honest. I’m disappointed. We wanted to put in the same performance like against Spurs [a 1-0 win], but we didn’t.”

The result leaves Bilic’s side 12th, having finished seventh last season.

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