By Danny Wright
Graeme Souness has slammed Daniel Sturridge for his latest display in a Liverpool shirt in Sunday’s dour 1-1 draw with Newcastle at St. James’ Park.
Sturridge, 28, was drafted in to Jurgen Klopp’s starting line-up for only the third time this season to replace Roberto Firmino, but didn’t repay his manager’s faith with a lacklustre performance which saw him fail to provide much impetus up front.
The England international was eventually subbed off in the 74th minute, meaning he has only completed 90 minutes of a match on one occasion across all competitions this term.
Anfield icon Souness now believes Sturridge may be axed from the first-team squad for at least a month after failing to impress when called upon at the weekend.
“He didn’t take it [his chance],” Souness said, as quoted on the Sky Sports website.
“There was no cuteness in his game that you normally associate with him. I thought he looked laboured, he looked off the pace and I don’t think he can train and prepare properly. That’s maybe the single biggest reason why he keeps getting injury after injury.
“Today he looked like a player that hadn’t trained properly and prepared for his opportunity. It might be a month or another six weeks before Jurgen Klopp goes with him again. I thought he was so disappointing today. If everything is right with Sturridge, he is one of the first names on the team-sheet but looking at him today, he was miles away.”
Sturridge has made seven appearances for Liverpool across all competitions this season, scoring one goal in the process which came in the 4-0 hammering of Arsenal in August.
The former Chelsea and Manchester City forward has only found the net three times in this calendar year but has still managed to impress Gareth Southgate enough to warrant a call-up to the England national team for their upcoming qualifiers against Slovenia and Lithuania.