Ian Wright: Liverpool ace must leave club, move to Euro giants
By Matt Farr
Former Premier League goal machine Ian Wright has urged Liverpool outcast Daniel Sturridge to push for a move and look at joining a club like Paris Saint-Germain.
The Liverpool striker has fallen down the pecking order at Anfield under Jurgen Klopp this season, and has been restricted to just eight starts in all competitions.
The 27-year-old has been constantly hampered by injury, and Klopp has used him only sparingly, preferring the likes of Divock Origi and Roberto Firmino in recent weeks.
His lack of first-team football has led to endless speculation that Sturridge is set to leave the club, and ex-Arsenal man Ian Wright believes he must do just that.
Wright, who now works as a pundit, urged the England international to seek out a move to European giants Paris Saint-Germain in particular.
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He told the Sun’s football podcast: “He should go somewhere else to revitalise himself. I’m not sure if it will happen in this country. He’s been at all the top teams but Arsenal.
“You look at it and think somewhere like PSG that he might look at. I think he is fantastic. He is a super player. It isn’t going to happen for him at Liverpool.”
The Daily Mail reported that the French giants were interested in Sturridge last year, but a move failed to materialise in the summer.
Despite his injury woes, Sturridge has an impressive goalscoring record, netting 58 goals from 105 appearances in all competitions since joining the club in 2013.
However, he simply cannot stay fit for a full season, and both Klopp and Liverpool’s patience is fast running out.
Football Insider verdict
It is a real shame to see Sturridge wasting away much of his career on the sidelines because he has the talent to be one of the best strikers in the Premier League, and even Europe. He is the kind of player than can score a goal or create a chance out of absolutely nothing. Unfortunately his fitness continues to let him down – and until he can prove he can stay fit for longer periods, he may not play for a top, top club again. That includes PSG. The French club are not likely to take a punt on an injury-prone Sturridge when they have the finances and the will-power to splash out on a striker that can give reassurances of playing a full season. A move to get more regular first-team football would be beneficial for Sturridge, but he has to prove his fitness if things are going to avoid slipping down the same route in future.
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