Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is a talented player but has missed significant time this year due to injuries. The Reds have plenty of other injuries in the midst of their League Cup title chase and hunt for a Champions League berth, but one Liverpool legend suggests that the team may have to stop relying on Sturridge to achieve their goals.
In an interview with the Telegraph [per the Liverpool Echo], former Liverpool midfielder Graeme Souness – now a TV pundit – declared that manager Jurgen Klopp should not make Sturridge a part of his long-term plan due to his extensive injury history. Souness declared that Sturridge’s injury frequency overshadows his ‘star quality’ and believes ‘you just can’t rely’ on the 26-year-old striker.
“His history would tell you that he misses too many games. When he is on the pitch, he is star quality but he doesn’t play,” Souness said.
“If he plays it is a bonus instead of someone who is first name on the team sheet. That’s a shame for the boy but that is a fact.
“You go and buy other players who will be fit for most of the games you play, He’s not Plan A. He’s the bonus plan.”
Sturridge has scored two goals in five BPL matches for Liverpool this season and four goals in 12 matches last year.
His best goal-scoring season came in the 2013-14 season when he scored 21 goals in 29 appearances en route to PFA Team of the Year honors.
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