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Daniel Sturridge no longer has a future at Liverpool

Tuesday 25th October 2016
Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge has yet to score in the Premier League this season.The England international has looked out of favour since manager Jurgen Klopp arrived at Anfield, and with the Merseysiders shining without their once talismanic centre-forward in the side, does Sturridge have a future at Liverpool?

The 27-year-old has been short of goals as well as playing time for Liverpool this season. He's yet to score in any of his seven Premier League appearances in 2016/17 – while amassing a paltry 348 minutes of game time - and hasn't scored in the division since April. Poor form is one problem, but Sturridge just can't convince Klopp he's worth leading the line for Liverpool which is another issue.
The Liverpool manager wants industrious forwards who move the ball quickly, but Sturridge is guilty of slowing the tempo when in possession and he doesn't press the opposition defence. As a result, he's playing second fiddle to the likes of Roberto Firmino and Divock Origi in the pecking order and has been on the bench in 44% of Liverpool's Premier League games this season.

Sturridge has made seven appearances, coming off the bench three times and being substituted four times. He's racked up more yellow cards than goals in the division, and doesn't appear needed in the Liverpool attack given how well they've fared in his relative absence. Both player and manager have played down rumours of a rift but it's clear they clash on philosophy.

It doesn't seem Daniel Sturridge is willing to make improvements to his game to get into the side, nor will Klopp compromise on what he expects from his players to get results. So the only outcome will be Sturridge leaving the club in January or the following summer, potentially to an existing Premier League side. The lack of playing time this season is likely to force his hand to depart Anfield and the former Manchester City and Chelsea attacker won't be short of interest if he is put up for sale.
The biggest issue with Daniel Sturridge at Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp is how contrasting his mentality is to that of the manager. Klopp likes energetic displays and teamwork. Sturridge is single-minded in his play and can be languid in his approach. He's made just three assists since the start of the 2014/15 season which highlights how little he's doing to create chances for teammates and his lack of work rate is the biggest bug bear for Klopp.

Rather than making runs off the ball to drag defenders out of position or to be in a position to work an attacking move, Sturridge often comes too deep to collect the ball or he's guilty of staying too central to try and bag himself a goal. It's the reason he's not playing for Liverpool under Klopp, who has told the striker on a number of occasions what he wants from his forwards without getting the desired response.

So is Sturridge finished at Anfield?
Crippy Cooke

Crippy is a long-suffering Aston Villa supporter and weekly football accumulator enthusiast.

Stealing a living, the balding 27-year-old boasts a wealth of writing experience - Telegraph, Independent, Huffington Post, Zoo Magazine, Daily Mail, ITV Football, MSN Sport, Yahoo Sport, London 24 and Bleacher Report.


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