Stan Collymore issues stark Jurgen Klopp warning over Liverpool striker
Stan Collymore warns Jurgen Klopp to play Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge in his best position
Stan Collymore has warned Jurgen Klopp to play Daniel Sturridge in his best position or risk upsetting the Liverpool striker.
The England international started his first Premier League game of the season at Turf Moor on Saturday afternoon but Sturridge was unable to help the Reds avoid a 2-0 loss to promoted side Burnley.
The 26-year-old began the Premier League clash on the right side of a three-man attack containing Philippe Coutinho and Robert Firmino, registering four shots on goal.
Sturridge was in and out of the Liverpool first-team last season after Klopp replaced Brendan Rodgers at the Anfield helm in October.
Former Reds striker Collymore has urged Klopp to play Sturridge as a centre-forward or risk upsetting the Liverpool man over the course of the season.
“Sturridge. Either play the lad as a striker with a balanced 3 behind him, or let him go. He looked lost and frustrated against Burnley and although it’s early days, I can see problems brewing there unless the best is got from this exceptional central striker,” Collymore wrote in his Boylesports column.
Sturridge moved to Liverpool in a £12.5m deal from their bitter rivals Chelsea in January 2013.
The England man has netted 53 times in 93 games in all competitions for the Merseyside outfit over the past four-and-a-half seasons.
Liverpool will make the trip to Tottenham Hotspur in their next Premier League game in Saturday’s early kick-off.