By Harvey Byrne
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher is unsure whether forward Daniel Sturridge has a future at the club under Jurgen Klopp.
The former Premier League defender admitted Sturridge’s scoring record was fantastic, but that the German manager is looking for more than just goals from his forwards.
Sturridge, 27, has featured in seven games for the Reds in the new campaign, but just three of those have been starts and Carragher is unsure whether the England international will remain at Anfield in the long run.
“Possibly not,” said Carragher to Talksport’s Drive time show when asked whether Sturridge had a long term future at the club.
“Because I think when Jurgen Klopp picks his best team – when everyone’s fit – I don’t think Sturridge is in it, at this moment. I think Daniel may play on Monday because of a few injuries and Firmino may play out wide and Coutinho may play central, that was the situation at Swansea and Liverpool won.
“But when everyone’s fit and firing, I don’t think he quite gets in the eleven. When he doesn’t, I think it’s [been] proven at the end of last season at times, and even this season on the back of a great win at Chelsea.
“I think there was a home game a week later and he wasn’t involved – having been part of a victory at Chelsea – I think that shows that [Sturridge is not in Klopp’s best team].
“I think Daniel’s goal scoring record alone is fantastic – he would walk into most teams – but Jurgen Klopp wants a lot more than just scoring goals from his attacking players. He wants work rate, players coming back to help the team. I think Firmino fits that bill for him at this moment in that central role.”
Sturridge completed a £12million move from Chelsea to Anfield in the winter of 2013.
He has bagged 55 goals in 99 fixtures for the club, but his playing time in the last 18 months has been restricted by injuries.
Liverpool are no longer relying on Sturridge for goals either with the club scoring an impressive 18 in their first seven fixtures, none of which have come from the Englishman.
In other Liverpool team news, Danny Murphy believes the Reds are the strong favourites to beat Manchester United on Monday night.