Daniel Sturridge sends Michael Edwards message to Liverpool amid Jurgen Klopp concerns

Daniel Sturridge says Michael Edwards and Mike Gordon's presence at Liverpool will help negate a drop-off following the departure of Jurgen Klopp.

Sturridge spent close to six years with the Reds and played under Klopp for over three of those, winning the Champions League in 2019 before his departure as a free agent later that summer.

The former striker believes Klopp, whose near nine-year stint saw him win eight trophies in total, should be recognised as one of the club's greatest ever managers, but the ex-England star sees no reason why a new-look structure at Anfield won't thrive.

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In an interview with The Times, Sturridge says his knowledge of how Edwards - who returned to the club officially on Saturday, as owners Fenway Sports Group's 'CEO of football' - and FSG president Gordon operate gives him the confidence that the Reds won't suffer without the talismanic Klopp at the helm.

“[Klopp] did unbelievable things," Sturridge said. "I don’t think those were the expectations when he arrived. The relationship he had with people was magnificent. He’s going to be remembered as arguably the greatest Liverpool manager.

“Now the club are in a transitional period. New manager, players coming out of contract — it’s just that kind of time. But the backroom team is amazing.

"I know the Mikes (Gordon and Edwards). I’m sure they’ve analysed the manager they’ve brought in (Arne Slot) and will know his style marries well with the current squad and will have their eyes on players they want to sign too. I don’t have any concerns Liverpool will slip away.”

Sturridge scored 67 goals in 160 appearances in total for the Reds, with 33 coming in the 2013/14 season when Brendan Rodgers's Reds came within a whisker of winning the Premier League.

The Birmingham-born frontman's time on Merseyside was blighted by injuries, however, particularly in his final years, but Sturridge, who joined from Chelsea in January 2013 for around £12m, insists he has no regrets.

He added: “I’m grateful to God. I’m being honest with you. From my side of things I think I could have not made it. There’s so many players who had the talent when they were kids and for whatever reason the route didn’t go the way they wanted it to go. I count myself not as lucky but someone who is extremely blessed, grateful for everything I’ve achieved in life.”