Phil Thompson makes bold claim about Liverpool and Daniel Sturridge

Phil Thompson believes Daniel Sturridge faces bleak Liverpool future if he doesn't face Villarreal

Phil Thompson has expressed his concerns surrounding Daniel Sturridge’s long-term Liverpool future.

The 26-year-old was a surprise omission in the Reds’s 1-0 defeat by Villarreal in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final as Jurgen Klopp preferred Christian Benteke from the bench ahead of Sturridge.

The England international endured a miserable 90 minutes in Sunday’s 3-1 loss to Swansea as Sturridge featured in the youngest-ever Liverpool side in the Premier League.

And former Liverpool captain Thompson believes Sturridge is facing a bleak future if Klopp doesn’t pick the striker for their biggest game of the season.

“I’m really worried for Daniel not getting any game time in the first leg and you could see his body language against Swansea was sort of resigned,” Thompson told Sky Sports.

“It’s a big night for his Liverpool career. I think if he doesn’t play then he will have a big question mark over his future and whether he will fit in here.

“You want to have you manager’s trust in you playing big games.”

Sturridge has scored eight goals and has made one assist in 13 Premier League appearances for the Merseyside outfit in an injury-hit season.

Liverpool were the only side to make it from the start of the group stage to matchday 12 unbeaten; however, following the first leg, it is Villarreal who are now 12 games without defeat.

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