Former Liverpool striker criticises Daniel Sturridge’s ‘attitude and desire’
Former Reds striker David Fairclough says Liverpool man Daniel Sturridge needs to work through some of his injuries
Daniel Sturridge needs to improve his attitude and desire following his latest injury setback, according to former Liverpool striker David Fairclough.
The Reds forward won’t feature against Bournemouth in the League Cup on Wednesday night after the 26-year-old injured his knee in first-team training earlier this month.
Sturridge is still waiting to make his first Liverpool appearance under Jurgen Klopp after having missed the German’s opening three games in charge.
However, former Liverpool super sub Fairclough has suggested that injury-prone Sturridge needs to learn to play through the pain barrier.
“Daniel has real star quality but he has to work on his attitude and desire,” Fairclough told talkSPORT.
“Picking up these little knocks – surely from time to time they aren’t as bad as first feared?
“Maybe the medical team offers players excuses because the modern footballer would not have gone through the pain barrier like older players did. You do have to be careful but sometimes you hope people show their grit and determination and put it aside to get out there.”
The Liverpool striker scored his first goal since March in the Merseyside outfit’s 3-2 victory over Villa.
The England international endured an injury-hit 2014/15 season after a string of injury problems kept the forward sidelined.
Liverpool face the Cherries in the League Cup fourth round on Wednesday night before the Reds make the trip to Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday.