Jermaine Jenas: Why Jurgen Klopp is adopting hard-line approach to Liverpool striker
Jermaine Jenas believes Jurgen Klopp is prepared to sell Daniel Sturridge if Liverpool striker doesn't prove himself
Jermaine Jenas believes Jurgen Klopp is prepared to sell Daniel Sturridge if the Liverpool striker is unable to prove his fitness.
The Reds manager raised eyebrows with his honest assessment of Sturridge’s injury woes last week ahead of Liverpool’s 1-0 victory over Swansea City at Anfield.
We all know Klopp likes a cuddle, but you can’t cuddle people forever
Klopp has since clarified that the Liverpool staff also have a responsibility along with Sturridge to come to a better understanding of the 26-year-old’s injury problems.
However, former Tottenham and Queens Park Rangers midfielder Jenas believes Klopp is more than happy to adopt a hard-line approach to the injury-prone Liverpool striker.
“Klopp knows Sturridge is a special talent who could get Liverpool into the top four, or even help them win the league one day,” Jenas told Yahoo Sport.
“But sometimes players need a shake. Klopp only said what other people have been thinking.
“It would have been tougher for Brendan Rodgers to put his neck on the line and say that about Sturridge, given the pressure he was under.
“I think Klopp has a ‘take him or leave him’ attitude with Sturridge. He’d be quite prepared to sell him and buy someone else, so it’s really down to Sturridge to prove himself to Klopp and that’s why the manger has adopted a hard line.
“We all know Klopp likes a cuddle, but you can’t cuddle people forever.”
Sturridge has scored two goals in four Premier League games this season.
The Liverpool striker has played just 16 Premier League games over the past season-and-a-half due to his well-documented injury problems.
Sturridge could line up for the Reds against Southampton in the League Cup quarter-final clash at St Mary’s on Wednesday night.