Are Daniel Sturridge’s days at Liverpool numbered after another below-par performance from the striker on Monday night.
Before I begin, let me 1st begin by saying that I honestly believe Daniel Sturridge is class. Possibly the best striker of the ball we have had since Robbie ‘God’ Fowler.
When we have possession of the ball and we are in full flow there aren’t many players across Europe able to offer what he does. An issue is when we don’t have the ball. He’s not as tenacious with his closing down and his pressing as Firmino and the other midfielders. Finding it difficult to hunt the ball quickly.
Sturridge scored a brace in the 5-0 Cup victory over Burton Albion in September. However, he is yet to find the back of the net in his 7 Premier League appearances so far this season.
Ex-Liverpool player Danny Murphy; “It’s a difficult one with Sturridge because I think he’s the most talented striker in England – the best finisher – but the way Klopp wants to play I can’t see him being first choice when everybody’s fit.”
“The obvious reason for that is the way that he (Klopp) wants them to play without the ball.”
“He doesn’t seem the like the type of lad to sit around on the bench. I’d be surprised if next season he was still a Liverpool player”.
He’s not the only Ex-Liverpool player to think this. Jamie Carragher also thinks that Daniel Sturridge may not have long-term future under Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp. Questioning where he fits in when Klopp has a fit squad.
“But when everyone’s fit and firing, I don’t think he quite gets in the 11.”
“Even this season on the back of a great win at Chelsea, there was a home game a week later and he wasn’t involved.”
Will Daniel Sturridge struggle to retain his place in Jurgen Klopp’s side side when he has a full complement of attacking options available to him.
The recent game against Man United was yet another display where Liverpool were a much better team with Roberto Firmino the main focal point rather than Daniel Sturridge. Bringing on Lallana replacing Sturridge allowed Coutinho to push further forward, with Mane, Firmino and Coutinho all interchanging – they are more fluid and difficult to predict.
Last night we also missed the power and pace that Wijnaldum provides.
So with Daniel Sturridge no longer being as influential as he once was, could that mean he could be the next big-name player to depart Liverpool.
If Sturridge decides that he is not being given enough regular game time under Klopp throughout the season then I’m convinced he will look to leave.
Daniel Sturridge has scored 56 goals in 100 appearances for Liverpool across three-and-a-half seasons on Merseyside. 56% hit rate – great return on goals per game.
But let’s re-look at the stats. 100 games in three-and-a-half seasons. Really? For me that is just as worrying as his 56% return is great.
I’m sure when creating a squad to challenge Klopp has this in mind…
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