Stuart Pearce has claimed that Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is struggling to show his potential at the club largely because he does not feel any love under the current management.
Signed by Brendan Rodgers for only £ 12 million from Chelsea in January 2012, Sturridge quickly became one of the top strikers in English football after scoring a numerous amount of goals. His best ever campaign was in the 2013-14 season when he scored 24 goals in just 33 appearances for the club. Just when it seemed that he would step on and become the next Luis Suarez or Fernando Torres, there has been a monumental dip in his performances.
Sturridge has been injured more often than not in the last few years, and the arrival of manager Jurgen Klopp has made his position untenable in the last few months. He has certainly fallen out of favour under the German manager, who has largely used him as a substitute late in the matches. As a result, Sturridge has been able to feature only in 17 league matches with only five coming from the start.
It is widely expected that he would leave the club in the summer in order to sign for new pastures. Stuart Pearce has claimed that the striker has not been able to show his full potential on the pitch since manager Klopp does not shower him with enough confidence and love.
"He [Sturridge] would probably want to know what's happening with him from his manager's [Klopp] point of view.He's been in and out through injury. He's been in and out through form. You know he can score goals.I think he's the type of lad who needs to be loved a little bit and I'm not sure he's feeling the love at the moment at Liverpool and his future will be interesting come the summer," said Pearce.