Liverpool FC suffered the disappointment of an early EFL Cup exit mid-week after Eden Hazard netted a brilliant victor to secure a 2-1 win at Anfield after Emerson Palmieri cancelled out Sturridge's opening goal.
Sturridge has had little to celebrate over several injury blighted seasons at Liverpool, but with one deft swipe of his left boot on Saturday he rescued a last-gasp point at Chelsea and reminded his manager of his rare finishing prowess.
But after spending the second half of last season on loan with West Bromwich Albion, Sturridge has upped his game since returning to Anfield.
Liverpool missed a number of chances to level things up and it looked like they were going to taste defeat for the first time in the Premier League this season with the ninety minutes nearly up.
And Klopp was questioned as to why he brought off Salah - something that happened rarely during his stellar debut season at the club: "Salah is not injured".
"I'd like to think [I've scored better goals], but probably not. It was not Mo's best game of his career, 100 per cent", Klopp told a news conference.
"He's fantastic football player, he had a full preseason and he's in the best shape since I've known him". It's good to get the result. "Maybe they [Liverpool] are one step ahead but I am starting to think we can recover in one season".
"But I want him so that he wants to be decisive, to score in these situations".
Kepa denied Sadio Mane with a strong reflex stop in the second half, but Chelsea looked a threat on the break and Alisson denied Hazard one-on-one after a quick free-kick. Both teams deserve a point, we only had more chances, like we did on Wednesday.
He added: "What a game, a spectacular football game". But I saw a really good performance from my side in a hard game after we'd lost on Wednesday against them.