Last summer the Reds were ready to offload the 28-year-old to anyone willing to stump up £20million as his poor injury record had made him unreliable and largely unusable.
Sturridge went to West Brom on loan in January but was injured early on and managed just six appearances.
With 12 months left on his contract it seemed Sturridge’s Anfield career was over but he has looked sharp in his five friendly games and Klopp, who became frustrated by the player’s unavailability last season, is prepared to hand him a lifeline.
“We’re not in doubt – and nobody was ever in doubt – about his quality,” he told liverpoolfc.com.
“In this moment he looks really good to be honest. That’s cool – really cool for him and cool for us.
“(It’s) a very important moment for him. I am in talks with him, what he feels.
“I don’t want to make him the most physically strong player in the squad or whatever.
“The most physically strong player in the squad cannot play football like Daniel Sturridge and he has no possibility to be that, to be the marathon man of the team, but he can be a very decisive player.
“It’s a good moment and hopefully it will stay like that.”
Sturridge could be in line to start the Premier League campaign at home to West Ham in just over a fortnight’s time with Roberto Firmino – along with new goalkeeper and fellow Brazil international Alisson – only rejoining the squad at next week’s training camp in France.
Gomez gets his chance
The extended break for Croatia’s World Cup runner-up Dejan Lovren means there is an opening in central defence alongside Virgil van Dijk against the Hammers and Joel Matip’s early return from the United States because of injury puts Joe Gomez in pole position.
Gomez missed the end of the season after ankle surgery but has struck up a good relationship with Van Dijk and that could get him the nod over Ragnar Klavan.
“He is a good guy, he was skipper at Southampton and is for Holland, and his presence is felt within the camp,” said Gomez on his Dutch team-mate.
“It’s a pleasure to play alongside him. Hopefully I can keep learning from him and keep progressing.
“We get on well off the pitch – he’s like my big brother. It’s a pleasure to play with him and it’s about learning from him.
“He is experienced, and I’ve got time to grow into that position (centre-back).
“I enjoy playing there; hopefully we can build and keep progressing together.
“It’s about progressing during the summer and there are still a lot of games to go in pre-season, so that has to be the focus for me now.”
The 25-year has been criticised for his goalkeeping errors over the past few months – ever since the Champions League final against Real Madrid, that the Reds lost 3-1.
Casillas, however jumped to the defence of Karius after he had made yet another error in a pre-season friendly against Borussia Dortmund on Sunday that led to a goal.
On Tuesday, the Spain legend tweeted his own blooper reel that included errors Casillas had made in big Champions League and international matches during his career.
The World Cup winner wrote: “Behind each one of us is a person. Raise your hand whoever has never made a mistake. Learning from mistakes makes us stronger and accepting them more human. #Ialsomakemistakes.”
The Switzerland international has been on extended leave because of his involvement in the World Cup – interrupting that only to complete a £13million move from Stoke – but that is now over and the 26-year-old has some catching up to do.
Liverpool’s squad will will train in Charlotte, North Carolina, before flying to New Jersey ahead of their International Champions Cup match against Manchester City.
Shaqiri is already in New York so will meet them there but Thursday’s match, their second of three in America, will come too soon for him to be involved.
But while he gets up to speed, manager Jurgen Klopp has to get to grips with trimming down his squad.
Having added Shaqiri, midfielders Naby Keita and Fabinho and goalkeeper Alisson, the German now needs to make big decisions on who to keep, who to loan and who to let go.
Striker Danny Ings, who was left behind on Merseyside to do extra work on his fitness after an ankle problem, seems one of those players likely to be on his way out after three frustrating, injury-plagued seasons at Anfield.
Promising youngsters Harry Wilson and Ovie Ejaria have gone on loan to Derby and Rangers respectively while third-choice goalkeeper Danny Ward has been sold to Leicester.
“When all the players are back the squad is big, so it is clear they all need opportunities to play,” Klopp told liverpoolfc.tv.
“The ones who are very young, we don’t think about it; they are in absolutely the right place now and if they can play with us or the under-23s, it is perfect.
“Both is really good and we don’t have to rush that, but then we have other age groups where you think it makes no sense to show in a different league, maybe a different club in a different league, how far they are in the moment.
“Then of course, it is clear there are always requests from other clubs and we need to stay open for that.
“In the end, it makes no sense to have 35 players in the squad because developing players means they have to feel needed; they need to see ‘in this or this situation, I can play in the team’ and all that stuff.
“I am pretty sure a few things will happen, but exactly what time will show.”