John Barnes delivers damning verdict on Liverpool’s axed star
By Dominic Toner
John Barnes believes that forward Daniel Sturridge will have to respect the decisions of his manager.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp left the 26-year-old striker on the bench in the 1-1 draw against Tottenham and only introduced him to the match in the 88th minute.
Klopp put Divock Origi on in the 69th minute, replacing Philippe Coutinho, and Sturridge looked far from impressed on the touchline.
Klopp opted to deploy attacker Roberto Firmino as the central figure from the start and Gary Lineker has questioned why Sturridge was overlooked for the Premier League fixture at White Hart Lane.
Former Liverpool player Barnes has revealed that the modern day manager has a huge influence on the game and Sturridge will have to accept the German’s decisions.
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“Fans have supported players more than they have supported managers but now with Guardiola, Conte, Mourinho and Klopp at Liverpool, they are in charge and you do have to toe the line,” Barnes told Alan Brazil’s Breakfast Show on TalkSport.
“When he [Sturridge] said he didn’t want to play out wide, that may have had an impact.
“Klopp is now saying, ‘I am in charge, you do what I say, you go on when I say, you warm up when I say’, and players have to accept it. He is a fantastic player as we all know but Jurgen Klopp has obviously decided to flex his muscles to let people know I am in charge and what I say goes.
“There is only going to be one winner – and that will be the manager. Daniel may have to change his attitude a little bit to what the manager wants if that situation is going to be resolved.”
Sturridge has a prolific record with Liverpool during his short career, scoring 56 goals in just 95 appearances.
He moved to Anfield in 2013 and has become a crucial first-team player, despite suffering a number of injuries.
The Englishman has only made 21 appearances for his country since making his debut in 2011, scoring six goals.
In other Liverpool team news, the club’s youngster was named in the Football League team of the week.