Carragher unsure over Sturridge’s long-term Liverpool future

Date published: Sunday 16th October 2016 2:18

Daniel Sturridge: Bit-part role this season

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has raised doubts over striker Daniel Sturridge’s long-term future at Anfield.

Sturridge, who has a scoring record better than one in two for the Reds, could make his 100th appearance for the Merseysiders on Monday when they face arch-rivals Manchester United at Anfield.

The striker has been in and out of Jurgen Klopp’s side since the German took over part-way through last season and has started just three games this campaign.

Sturridge could get a chance against the Red Devils on Monday due to injury doubts over key duo Adam Lallana and Georginio Wijnaldum and Carragher reckons that Sturridge wouldn’t get into Klopp’s side if everyone was fit.

When asked if the England international had a long-term future at Anfield, Carragher responded: “Possibly not.

“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.”

The 27-year-old has scored 55 goals in 99 appearances for Liverpool, while his goal scoring record in the Premier League for the Reds is 43 in 75 matches.

“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,” Carragher continued.

“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.”

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