Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas claims that global forward Daniel Sturridge should take an example out of former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s book in order to avoid his career stagnating.
Solskjaer is widely regarded as one of the iconic Manchester United players over the last 20 years. Even though he was not a first-team regular at the club, the Norwegian played an immense role in the successes enjoyed by the club during the select Ferguson era. He never complained about being on the bench and often came on to score as a late substitute.
Nicholas says that Sturridge should be prepared to do this role if he is to avoid his career from stagnating. Sturridge is widely expected to leave Liverpool at the end of the season, after falling on the pecking order under Jurgen Klopp. The German has had little alternative but to trust the likes of Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho, as Sturridge has been injured more often than not.
Even when the club went out to a summer training camp a few weeks ago, Sturridge was unable to feature due to injury and illness. It has been the story of Sturridge’s career over the last couple of years. A promising start to the Liverpool days now appears to end on a sad note.
"Solskjaer is probably the greatest sub I can ever recall in this country.He said 'I only ever prepare for when the manager asked me to prepare for. So I was always ready.'You do have to be ready, and I think that shows in Daniel's game now.When he does come on and when he's asked to play he looks rusty all the time. The model guys should be ready for that.I don't see a future for Daniel Sturridge, but I just don't know the value you can put on his head," said Nicholas.