Daniel Sturridge’s Liverpool career has been a rollercoaster, a rollercoaster with the odd breakdown and a tendency to strop a little.
His right-hand-man work with Luis Suarez back in 2013/14 seems like a distant memory now and, despite leading the line brilliantly at times, Sturridge is seeing his Liverpool future come under scrutiny. Jurgen Klopp is making comments that sound much like a man who can take or leave the left-footed forward, which must be a worry even for someone as confidence-blessed as Sturridge.
The goals have been flowing throughout his professional career and Liverpool look set for yet another summer of rebuilding, so you would imagine there is no question over Sturridge’s future. However, it is easy to see why Klopp might think otherwise. The German boss is a man unafraid of the big decision and he would, if he thought it best for the club, sell his biggest star.
Klopp doesn’t get much wrong.
Here are FIVE reasons why Sturridge MUST be sold…
Injuries are the first argument to sell Sturridge.
Much like Jack Wilshere, Andy Carroll or Kieron Dyer, Sturridge could have such an impact for his team if he was fit all the time. However, all of these players are largely spoken about when they are injured.
Players become better whilst unavailable, it seems, and Sturridge – as good as he is – could be replaced with a player who is available more regularly.
The famous intensity of Jurgen Klopp’s play isn’t exactly suited to Daniel Sturridge.
Klopp’s sides press relentlessly and work in a system that requires tireless running, as well as some pretty impressive technical abilities.
Sturridge is not lazy by any means, but can you really say that there aren’t players more suited to Klopp’s striking requirements?
Consider all the pros and cons of Daniel Sturridge.
Now consider a potential price tag that Liverpool could get for him.
Seems a good deal, doesn’t it? Well, think about the players that they could get with that money and its a no brainer.
Daniel Sturridge, like most prolific goalscorers, is not renowned for his ability to pass the ball.
If Sturridge thinks he can score, he shoots. Fair enough, but the trouble comes when he misses a few, it can disrupt team harmony and he becomes very wasteful.
Klopp may well want players who are more aware of the players around them.
Liverpool have looked at their dazzling best when playing a false nine, this season.
Roberto Firmino is in his element when he can drop off to begin a move and then surge into the space he has created. The false nine does make life harder for Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho, but Sturridge’s inclusion limits the impact of Firmino and the Brazilian has largely been Klopp’s star this season.