Richard Keys: Why Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge will never be top player

Richard Keys explains why Daniel Sturridge's lack of mental strength will hamper Liverpool striker's career

Daniel Sturridge lacks the mental strength to become a genuine top player, according to Richard Keys.

The England international has been under scrutiny over the past week after Sturridge missed Liverpool’s 2-1 win against Bordeaux due to a foot injury after being sidelined since early October with a knee problem.

Sturridge is a genuine talent, but he lacks the mental strength to ever be a genuine top, top player

Richard Keys

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp suggested that the 26-year-old needed to learn the difference between “real pain and pain” before Sunday’s 1-0 win against Swansea, although the German has since played down his assessment.

But Sturridge did his talking on the pitch as the former Chelsea and Manchester City striker scored twice in the space of four first-half minutes to help Liverpool ease to a 6-1 win at Southampton in the League Cup on Wednesday night.

However, former Sky Sports host Keys accused Sturridge of lacking the desire to pull on the Liverpool shirt, adding that he will never blossom into a truly world-class player.

“Arguably Klopp’s greatest achievement to date is getting Daniel Sturridge playing again,” Keys wrote on his blog.

“Sturridge is a genuine talent, but he lacks the mental strength to ever be a genuine top, top player. He’s doesn’t play enough.

“In fact, I believe there are long spells when he doesn’t want to play at all. Most people reading this jump at the chance to pull on Liverpool’s famous red jersey for nothing (me too by the way!) so can’t fathom why Sturridge doesn’t want to.”

Sturridge has scored two goals in four Premier League games this season.

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The England striker moved to Liverpool in a £12m deal from Chelsea in January 2013.

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