Cape Town - Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said he was never in doubt about Daniel Sturridge's ability after the 27-year-old scored twice in Tuesday's win over Tottenham Hotspur in the EFL Cup.
The goals were the first for Sturridge since August, but Klopp said that he never questioned the England international's ability.
"That's his talent, that's his strength. He's a finisher, he's a really good striker, there's no doubt about this," Klopp said after the game.
"I was never in doubt about this, even when he didn't score," he said. "That's not in question. We don't have to discuss the quality."
Sturridge's two goals gave Liverpool a 2-1 victory at Anfield, moving them into the quarter-finals.
He scored from close range early in the first half and converted a one-on-one with Tottenham goalkeeper Michel Vorm in the second.
Klopp also commended the contributions of Divock Origi and Danny Ings.
"Divock Origi didn't score tonight, but he played quite well," Klopp said. "Danny Ings didn't score when he came in, but he played really well.
"Daniel scored wonderful goals for us, really important," he continued. "In the right moments, he and other players could have scored, and then it would have been perfect. It was really good."
Klopp added that midfielder Kevin Stewart was also a key player.
"He was good, very good. He is very important," Klopp said.
Liverpool find out who will they face in the quarters when the draw is made after the Manchester United, Manchester City tie on Wednesday night.