Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists Daniel Sturridge will be a regular starter this season despite the forward being named on the bench against Tottenham on Saturday.
Sturridge came on in the final minutes of his team's 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane after scoring twice in Liverpool's League Cup win in midweek.
The England striker said last week that he was frustrated at being used in a wider role at the Reds and found himself on the bench against Spurs, but Klopp said it was purely for tactical reasons.
The German mentor said: "Daniel Sturridge is a wonderfully skilled player, but I made the decision based on the kind of defending that was important for Tottenham.
"When we last played Tottenham, at home, he had an outstanding game. But I can only pick 11 players to start and I never make a decision like this against one player.
"I'm really happy that we have him. He will play and he will score and all will be good. He didn't have a perfect pre-season, other players have played more together in pre-season and that's an advantage."