Ian Wright accuses Liverpool first teamer of slacking
By Dominic Toner
Ian Wright believes that Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge is not working hard enough to warrant a starting position.
The 27-year-old has endured a frustrating season with the Reds and has not been a guaranteed starter under manager Jurgen Klopp.
He has managed six goals in 19 appearances this campaign, but has completed 90 minutes just three times.
Former England striker Wright claims that Sturridge does not offer the same energy as team-mate Sadio Mane, who is currently away at the Africa Cup of Nations with Senegal.
“Mane is a massive miss because he gives them (Liveprool) that drive past the back four. Daniel Sturridge doesn’t do that,” Wright said, as quoted by the Sun. “He’s not getting past the back four and breaking the lines.
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“People might not like Daniel’s body language or that he’s maybe not working as hard as he should be to try and cement a place in the team. He’s missing some very good chances.”
Sturridge has struggled to nail down a starting position this season, with Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Mane the preferred combination in attack when available.
The England striker also has competition from Divock Origi in the Liverpool squad and has scored just two Premier League goals.
He still has an incredible goalscoring record during his time at Anfield, scoring 60 goals in 111 appearances.
However, there have always been question marks of Sturridge’s style of play and he does not have the high intensity work-rate to match Klopp’s philosophy.
In other Liverpool news, Jamie Carragher has slammed the club’s squad depth in comparison to their title rivals.