Daniel Sturridge could be one of England’s best strikers. That is a very big could, and is only held back by his knack of getting injured consistently, rather than staying fit. It is a problem which has been recurrent through his time at Liverpool, with only 60 appearances in his four years at the club.
Liverpool have now won more games without Sturridge than they have with him. In January Klopp started to question just where Sturridge fit in. With a medical bill that probably cost more than his goals, the patience had completely run out with the striker, and it looked like there would soon be a bidding war for the striker.
But is Klopp being unfair on the 26 year old? Especially considering that Sturridge has had limited opportunities this season due to his injuries. Should Klopp at least allow him a run out for Liverpool before making a decision? Especially considering Liverpool are desperate for goals at the moment.
When you consider that when he was last consistently fit in the 2013/14 season, Sturridge got 21 goals in 29 Premier League games, connecting well with Suarez in the build up to the 2014 World Cup. This was a season that saw Sturridge lead the line at the World Cup. Though England had a poor tournament, Sturridge provided one of the few high points, scoring against Italy in their opening 2-1 defeat.
Since then, Sturridge has struggled not only for form but to stay injury free. In the 2014/15 season, he only made 12 appearances scoring four goals, and this season has scored two goals in five games. One thing for certain is that when he does play, he does score and is a good striker.
Whether his constant injuries are due to Liverpool’s system, or poor body is yet to be seen, but one thing is for certain that unless the England star is wrapped in bubble wrap, he will probably continue to get injured. When you look at him now, his place in the England squad is far from certain.
The emergence of Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Saido Berahino, Callum Wilson, Danny Ings and more when they are in form put to threat Sturridge’s place. A lot more young talent has come through, and considering that England manager Roy Hodgson probably won’t drop Rooney due to him being the captain, then it means that Sturridge will surely be cut.
If he can stay fit, and stay in form, then he could be a possibility to be on the plane to France in the summer. There is very much an opportunity for him to grab at Liverpool. With no consistently scoring strikers, this could be the opportunity Sturridge needed. Klopp has surely come out with these comments to provide Sturridge with the motivation to take the comments as inspiration to prove him wrong.
If things don’t work out for Sturridge this season and he gets injured again or left off the plane, he should surely consider his future in the game. When you look at other strikers like Dean Ashton who had to retire due to consistent injury, there is no embarrassment whatsoever. If it is going to be the sensible option, Sturridge should consider it.