BBC Sport pundit Danny Mills has said that Daniel Sturridge’s days with Liverpool could be numbered after struggling to garner regular gametime this season. The England international has made most of his 18 league appearances off the bench this term and he could potentially leave on a free with his contract expiring next month.
Speaking on BBC Sport, Mills said that Sturridge can’t compete for a regular role with the Merseyside giants, considering Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino are ahead of him in the pecking order. He added that he has lost the zip from his early days with the club and could probably head through the exit door this summer.
TalkSPORT pundit Tony Cascarino has said that Liverpool boss Daniel Sturridge has not done Sturridge with any favours amid the recent speculated interest from Leicester City and West Ham United. The England international has remained a bit-part player under Jurgen Klopp for yet another season but he could be available on a free transfer when his contract expires in the summer.
Speaking to TalkSPORT, Cascarino said that the future of Sturridge remains uncertain despite the alleged interest from Premier League sides. He added that Klopp has done Sturridge with no favours, considering he has barely featured for the team over the course of the campaign, he quipped: "It hasn't done him any favours because Jurgen Klopp has used Sturridge and then sort of fell out of favour. Then Origi has become more of a substitution likely than Sturridge."
Daniel Sturridge claims that the return of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from a long-term injury problem is a significant boost for Liverpool going into the business end of the campaign. The Liverpool midfielder picked up a knee injury in the Champions League game against Roma back in April of last season. He was signed from Arsenal only in the summer of 2017 for around £ 35 million. At the time of the injury, it was expected that the midfielder may spend the entire 2018-18 season on the sidelines but his ability to return well ahead of schedule is a major boost.
Even though he is not expected to play an integral role in the last two months of the campaign, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s presence will be a significant choice for the manager to consider. Due to the presence of Liverpool in other cup competitions, Jurgen Klopp needs a lot of squad strength in order to his team to success. After missing out on majority of the cup competitions inKlopp’s time with the club so far, the 2018-19 season so far turning out to be very important with the club challenging for the very first Premier League title in the history. Sturridge has been a fringe player underKlopp but he seems to have become used to this role due to a string of injuries.
Former Liverpool star Danny Murphy has said that the Reds are likely to part ways with Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana when the season comes to a close. The duo have been restricted to bench role during the current campaign and Murphy believes they could be deemed surplus to requirements in the summer.
Speaking to Talk SPORT, Murphy said that both Sturridge and Lallana are facing potential exits from Anfield in the summer, given the injury concerns which have troubled them over the years, he said: “I think Liverpool will look to sell Lallana and Sturridge this summer. It’s difficult because you need a competitive squad that offers a plan B and they’re quality players, but they’ve been severely hampered by injuries and I just can’t see them getting enough games.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has backed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the permanent managerial role with Manchester United. The Norwegian was appointed as the club’s interim manager shortly after the dismissal of Jose Mourinho in December and he has since transformed the club’s fortunes with an unbeaten league run which sees them in the top four.
Speaking in a press conference ahead of the United game, Klopp was appreciative of the efforts for the former Manchester United forward and completely backed him for the head coach role on a permanent basis, he said: “He has the quality. He deserves [the job] 100%. He’s in charge and there is no doubt he will be the manager next year as well. That’s clear.”
Former Liverpool defender Nick Tanner believes the Reds should make an approach to sign Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace once Daniel Sturridge makes way from the club during the summer. Zaha has been touted for a big-club move over the past 18 months, and the same could soon become a reality with Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham Hotspur among the player’s other admirers.
Speaking on LoveSportRadio, Tanner said that Zaha could perfectly fit into the scheme of things at Liverpool, given he can provide the added creativity, he said: “Zaha is the sort of player who would suit us down to the ground. I said it when I watched them play against Liverpool that he was the sort of player going forward with his creativity who would suit us.”
Liverpool youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold has stressed that the Reds will take the FA Cup seriously despite them being at the top of the Premier League standings. The Merseyside outfit have been fancied to make multiple changes for the Wolverhampton Wanderers game with the title pursuit in mind but Alexandre Arnold insists that the Reds know the importance of the famous old competition.
In a report covered by The Liverpool Echo, Arnold stressed that the upcoming third round tie at Wolves can’t be regarded as a free hit for the Reds, given the club are still searching for an elusive trophy to end their drought since 2012, he said: “It’s not a free hit against Wolves: it’s a chance to win a trophy – and everyone at Liverpool wants to win things.
Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has said that the Reds cannot afford to stumble in the forthcoming festive schedule with Manchester City right on their tail with a one-point deficit. The Merseyside giants are currently the sole unbeaten side through the Premier League campaign but their credentials are likely to be tested during the forthcoming games with Arsenal and City to face in the next fortnight.
Speaking to reporters, Lovren highlighted that City genuinely have no weaknesses throughout their team and they have the capacity to fight back from disappointing defeats after doing so with a dominating presence in their historical title triumph last term. He added that the Reds should also have an eye on Tottenham Hotspur behind them with the north London side just six points behind them after 17 matches into the season.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has praised the progress of Sadio Mane since he made the move to Anfield from Southampton two years ago. The Senegalese footballer had made a reputation for himself during his two seasons on the South Coast but he has managed to take his game to another level with the Reds, where he has formed a brilliant attacking trident alongside Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.
Speaking to Premier League productions, Klopp hailed the 26-year-old as an ‘outstanding player’ and stated that he has managed to realise his potential with the Merseyside giants, he said: “He is an outstanding player, I never had any other opinion. Since he came in he helped the team so much, he improved so much. He is an outstanding offensive player. If you ask me if he is a striker, yes, from time to time; is he a midfielder, yes, from time to time; he can probably play a slightly deeper position as well – we don’t have to play him there because we have other players there but he could play it as well.”
Liverpool legend Ian Rush has backed Daniel Sturridge to extend his contract with the Reds beyond the current campaign. The England international appeared destined to leave Anfield during the summer after a frustrating loan stint with West Bromwich Albion last term but he has managed to make amends after impressing during the club’s pre-season tour of the United States.
Despite this, he has not quite managed to cement a regular starting berth ahead of Roberto Firmino but Rush believes the marksman should take the chances up on offer to push for the contract extension, he said: “There’s only so many who can play. I remember when it was myself, Fowler and Collymore. There were only two places up for grabs so when you get your chance you’ve got to take it.