Liverpool legend launches attack on Jurgen Klopp over Daniel Sturridge
Dietmar Hamann feels that it is time Jurgen Klopp was open about Daniel Sturridge's injury struggles
Dietmar Hamann has questioned Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp’s handling of Daniel Sturridge as the striker’s long spell on the sidelines continues.
Sturridge has found his first-team opportunities severely restricted this season due to injury and has not featured for the Reds since the start of December.
The England international has been plagued by injury trouble in recent months and has only made six appearances for the Reds so far this season.
Klopp was reluctant to give any news on Sturridge’s progress in the build-up to Liverpool’s clash with Manchester United last weekend.
But Hamann feels that it is time for the Reds boss to speak out about Sturridge’s situation and give Liverpool fans the update that they deserve.
Speaking on talkSPORT on Tuesday, Hamann said: “The club has got a responsibility to tell the paying public what is wrong with him.
“If he has got a hamstring injury, an ankle injury, or whatever he may have, the people who pay for a season ticket have got a right to know what is wrong with him.
“Judging by the way Jurgen Klopp answered his questions [ahead of the Manchester United game] I don’t think there is too much wrong with the player.
“If there is nothing wrong with him, it is more important to be honest and truthful with the paying public than to protect a player who has hardly played in the last 18 months, who seems to choose when he wants to play.
“He has got three years left on his contract and I don’t see any reason, if there is nothing wrong with the player, why the club should protect him.”
Liverpool are preparing for their FA Cup third-round replay against Exeter City at Anfield on Wednesday night, before their trip to Norwich City in the Premier League on Saturday.