'I'm Liverpool's best striker' - Sturridge has no qualms with Klopp but wants trophies

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The England international has been limited to just five Premier League starts this season but he maintains he is happy playing at Anfield just now

Daniel Sturridge insists he is still the best striker Jurgen Klopp has at his disposal at Liverpool and adds that he wants to win trophies at the club.

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The forward has struggled with injuries over the last four years and has been limited to just five Premier League starts this season, scoring two and setting up one in the 12 games he has played in the competition in total.

Sadio Mane is leading the Reds' goalscoring charts with nine league goals and four assists, while Adam Lallana has seven and Roberto Firmino six to his name.

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Despite his lack of playing time, Sturridge maintains he is happy at Anfield, though he would like to titles to the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League winners' medals he has from his time at Chelsea.

"[Being left out of the team] hurts inside but it’s part of the game, every player past and present has dealt with the things I’m going through now," he told Sky Sports. 

"So it’s not time to get the violin out, you’ve got to dig in, fight, show your character, put your best foot forward when you’re put on a football pitch and give your all when you’re not on the pitch. Then, when you come on, you’ve got to do your best, it’s simple.

"I believe I’m the best striker Liverpool has, that’s my opinion. It’s the manager that picks the team so if, at that specific moment he doesn’t feel I’m the best striker for the job, that’s his decision. I have to take it on the chin, I cannot be upset about it.

"I’m an ambitious player, an ambitious person. I want to be the best, I want to be known as the best striker and help my team win trophies.

"Besides winning trophies, which we haven’t done in the four years I’ve been here, I’ve played well [since joining Liverpool]. My goals-to-game ratio is pretty good. I was brought here to score goals, that’s a striker’s job, and I’ve delivered that.

"Of course it would be nice to have silverware next to your name, just as every footballer would like to have, but I’ve given my all and that’s what’s most important."

The 27-year-old is well respected within the game because of his personality, but he sees common courtesy as a fairly pedestrian trait.

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"It’s important to be courteous, it has to be. I was raised very well by my parents so it’s about being polite and courteous.

"Everyone is entitled to their opinions and I feel like everyone judges people, regardless of whether they know someone or not, they have an opinion based on the persona of the person.

"I guess you can only have a real opinion of who they are as a person once you meet someone.

"I’m an open book, I speak to people all the time and generally have a smile on my face. I’m true to who I am so you can never always smile and be happy."