Aldridge: ‘If Sturridge is happy on the bench something is wrong’

Date published: Wednesday 21st December 2016 1:41

Daniel Sturridge: Linked with Anfield exit

Ex-Liverpool player John Aldridge believes Daniel Sturridge could consider an Anfield exit to keep alive his England hopes.

Sturridge has made ten Premier League appearances this season – including only four starts – and has failed to hit the back of the net once.

Sadio Mane (8), Roberto Firmino (5) and Divock Origi (4) have bagged 17 league goals between them this term and the England international remains behind them in the pecking order.

Fitness hasn’t helped Sturridge’s case for a starting berth this season and Aldridge sees the club keeping the 27-year-old until the end of the campaign.

“If he’s happy being on the bench then something is wrong,” Aldridge told 888sport.

“He wants to play and Liverpool need him on the pitch because he’s a fantastic talent.

“We know he picks up too many injuries so the manager has to manage him and he’s doing that. He just needs game-time now and with the Christmas period he’ll get plenty of minutes on the pitch.

“If they’re going for the title or top four there is just no way Sturridge will move or be allowed to in January.

“In the summer who knows? If he wants to keep his England place and get regular games it could happen then.

“But if he scores lots of goals between now and then I don’t think that will be the case.”

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