Daniel Sturridge responds to Jurgen Klopp bust-up claims

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has responded on social media shortly after reports emanated of his alleged bust-up with manager Jurgen Klopp. The England international spent the second half of the season on loan with West Bromwich Albion after he failed to command a regular starting role under Klopp.

A recent report suggested that Sturridge has been at loggerheads with the German after he failed to invite him for the club’s Champions League final against Real Madrid. However, Sturridge has supposedly refuted those claims by insisting that he has sent his good wishes to his head coach prior to the European final, he tweeted: “Spoke to the boss and (sporting director) Michael Edwards over the couple of days and wished them good luck for the final. Wished my team mates good luck after the semis and this week.”

Sturridge experienced his best campaign with Liverpool between 2013 and 2014 where he and Luis Suarez almost guided the club to Premier League’s success. Since then, the marksman has been hampered by multiple injuries and this has supposedly reduced his gametime to the extent that he is now being deemed surplus to requirements.

Under Klopp, Sturridge has rarely been used from the starting lineup over the past year and the striker now faces a battle to revive his Anfield career with Roberto Firmino, Dominic Solanke, and Danny Ings ahead of him in the pecking order. As things stand, the striker has just over 12 months left on his existing contract and he could possibly be offloaded during the summer with an extension not on the horizon.

The likes of West Ham United and Newcastle United have been associated with Sturridge in the past but anything other than a cut-price deal may deter their interest owing to the striker’s regular injury concerns. West Ham have already had to cope with a similar issue with Andy Carroll and they would surely not want to carry another forward just for the sake of signing one