Daniel Sturridge would “like to leave” Liverpool in this transfer window but he needs to prove his fitness first, according to the Sunday Supplement panel
The 26-year-old has started just once in the league for the Reds so far this season, and appeared to be nonplussed at being brought on as a substitute for just two minutes in Liverpool’s draw at Tottenham on Saturday.
The Sunday Supplement panel had little sympathy for the England international’s plight, however, and the Daily Express’ Sports Reporter Matt Dunn believes a move away from Anfield may be on Sturridge’s mind.
“I think Sturridge would like to [leave],” Dunn said. “He is speaking as someone who doesn’t see a long term harmony with his manager.
“He has got an England manager who says he needs to be playing regularly, he has ambitions to be scoring regularly and is a player who loves playing football – there are lots of reasons why he would want to leave.
“Whether Liverpool would want to sell him is another matter.”
Sturridge’s only start for Jurgen Klopp’s side this season came on the wing – a role that Sturridge insisted he is “not happy” in.
The Guardian’s Dominic Fifield feels that Sturridge needs to concentrate on getting himself fit on a regular basis before he can even consider where his best position is.
“Sturridge needs to give his answers on the training pitch and on a match day. He needs to be fit, be available and deliver,” Fifield said. “When these players have been injured for a while, and are in and out of the team, you feel less sympathy for them.
“Sturridge needs a season like he had other Brendan Rodgers a few years ago and be fit for a prolonged period of time.”
Klopp has played down Sturridge’s comments over his position and insisted there is “no problem” between him and the forward.
“Daniel is a very smart player,” Klopp said ahead of the fixture at White Hart Lane. “Both Burton and Burnley were games where we didn’t need offensive wingers in these positions. It’s not a fixed position for him.
“There is absolutely no problem. I don’t know exactly what he said but when I talk to him there is absolutely no issue.”