Sturridge ‘not guaranteed starting spot’ says Klopp

Daniel Sturridge is loved by the Anfield faithful, but a stream of average performances has led Klopp to question his starting role.

Daniel Sturridge playing for Liverpool (Source: Wikipedia)

It’s been quite the rollercoaster for Daniel Sturridge.

After average spells at some of England’s finest clubs, he arrived at Liverpool in 2013 with then-manager Brendan Rodgers offering him a lifeline to rejuvenate his career.

He did just that. With 11 goals in his first 16 games, Sturridge had become the star-signing everyone longed for to partner Luis Suarez. This was a Liverpool team in transition, and what an asset he was.

Fans of the Anfield outfit headed into the 2013/14 season with high hopes, but no one could have predicted what would follow.

Liverpool narrowly missed out on their first Premier League title on the final day, with Daniel Sturridge registering his best season yet, netting 24 goals in 33 games.

The ‘SAS’ spearheaded Liverpool’s title charge, helping towards the 101 goals scored in the league with ferocious attacking football.

However it hasn’t all been perfect for Daniel Sturridge. Since then he’s spent more of his time on the treatment table than on the pitch.

Missing 68 games through injury in three years at Anfield has given him an unwanted reputation and the Daily Mail reports that Jürgen Klopp seems to be running out of patience.

The German joined the club in October 2015 and only 2 months into 2016 has Sturridge become a regular feature in the starting 11 at Liverpool.

He has found his fitness and has been able to string together a number of games, but his performances have been questioned and he has been substituted in most of his games this season.

With Divock Origi’s performance against Borussia Dortmund it seems Klopp has some serious thinking to do regarding the England international.

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