Jamie Carragher feels Liverpool may be forced to sell Daniel Sturridge due to his ongoing injury problems – and feels he’s becoming better known for his injuries rather than his goals.
The Liverpool striker suffered yet another fitness set-back on Thursday when he was withdrawn from the club’s Europa League squad for the game against Bordeaux with a foot injury. A scan later revealed no serious injury.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has indicated he’s starting to lose patience with Sturridge, who has yet to feature under his management, telling him he must learn the difference between “serious pain and only pain”.
Writing in his column in the Mail, Carragher commented: “The one thing I remember most of all from being his team-mate is that he had to feel 100 per cent right mentally and physically in order to play.
“The thing is, with professional football, it’s not often any player will take to the field 100 per cent fit. There is always a knock or something niggling and when that is the case, you just grit your teeth and get through it.
“But Sturridge’s continued unavailability is presenting Liverpool with a problem now. If they put him up for sale, every top club bar Manchester City would take him over their strikers, but how long can Liverpool wait for him to be ready?
“Do the club start to think they need to move him on, to get a good fee and save on his big wages?
“Christian Benteke’s arrival was a statement from the owners and Brendan Rodgers that they could no longer rely on Sturridge and it looks as if Harry Kane has overtaken him with England through his consistent availability and his performances.
“I’m a massive fan of Kane but a fully-fit Sturridge is better. Daniel’s problem now, though, is that he’s being remembered more for injuries than goals. And he is the only man who can change that perception.”