Richard Keys lifts lid on Liverpool manager’s meeting with Daniel Sturridge

Richard Keys discusses an alleged meeting between Brendan Rodgers and Daniel Sturridge at Liverpool in 2014

Richard Key has lifted the lid on an alleged meeting between Daniel Sturridge and former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers following Luis Suarez’s departure in 2014.

The Reds striker scored twice in Liverpool’s stunning 6-1 victory over Southampton in the League Cup quarter-final at St Mary’s on Wednesday night.

Sturridge’s Capital One Cup appearance was his first start for the Reds since Rodgers’s final game in charge in October’s Merseyside derby at Goodison Park.

Writing on his blog on Thursday, Keys first revealed that Rodgers is set to come into beIN Sports studios in January, before the ex-Sky Sports anchor revealed an intriguing story involving Rodgers and Sturridge following Suarez’s move to Barcelona in July 2014.

“This little story also bothers me,” Keys wrote.

“When Suarez left Liverpool Rodgers invited Sturridge to be his new talisman. He offered him the iconic No. 9 jersey and told him to ‘lead from the front’. Sturridge turned him down. I’m told he ‘didn’t want the pressure’.

“I believe that Rodgers lost patience with him, during the conversation in his office, right there and then. I would’ve done too.”

Rodgers, who was replaced by Jurgen Klopp in October, signed Sturridge in a £12m deal from defending champions Chelsea in January 2013.

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The former Manchester City striker has scored 37 times for Liverpool in 59 Premier League appearances over the past two-and-a-half years.

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