Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has stated that he feels that Daniel Sturridge may have to leave the Merseyside club to receive the regular first-team football he craves.
The England international was part of the Reds side that challenged for the Premier League title under Brendan Rodgers, forming a deadly strike partnership with Luis Suarez in the process.
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However, Sturridge has suffered from debilitating injuries over the last number of years and since Jurgen Klopp’s arrival at Anfield is no longer guaranteed a starting berth in the Liverpool team.
The German trainer has opted for Roberto Firmino to lead his line more often than the former Manchester City and Chelsea attacker, with the Englishman clearly not happy to be on the sidelines.
Carragher has been speaking out about Sturridge’s situation at Liverpool.
The pundit has stated that although he feels that the England international is a gifted player that can be devastating while on form, he may not be part of Klopp’s future plans.
“Possibly not,” Carragher told talkSPORT when asked if he felt Sturridge had a future on Merseyside.
“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.”