COMMENT By Emma Sanders
Football Insider chooses the most disappointing player for Liverpool in 2016.
Daniel Sturridge’s injury setbacks and failure to meet Jurgen Klopp’s exacting requirements meant he was unable to be a genuine force for Liverpool during their 2016 transformation.
The striker’s performances were decent enough but he wasn’t fit or good enough to have the desired impact on the team and he has yet to regain a regular place in the starting XI.
Ever since the impressive 2013-14 season alongside Luis Suarez in attack, Sturridge has struggled to get regular action but fans hoped he would string together a period of matches under Klopp and the results would be exciting.
However, the 27-year-old has made just 30 appearances in the last 12 months, including only 11 Premier League starts and he has missed a total of 14 games through injury.
In the past two seasons, he’s only featured in 37 matches in all competitions and it has proved costly as he has been pushed down the pecking order in attack.
Roberto Firmino is now Klopp’s first choice striker and in Sturridge’s absence, Divock Origi has excelled, scoring five goals in his last six games.
Sturridge hasn’t scored a goal in the Premier League this season and his last came in the 2-2 draw against Newcastle in April, only his eighth league goal of 2016.
His talent is unquestionable and on top form, he was one of the best players in the team but that’s why his failure to regain fitness has been disappointing.
He had the potential to be sensational under Klopp but, apparently unloved, has the opportunity passed?
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