Gary Neville assesses Liverpool striker’s current situation
Gary Neville has his say on Daniel Sturridge's current situation at Liverpool this season
Gary Neville believes that Daniel Sturridge is unlikely to earn a regular starting spot under Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool because the striker does not “fit the bill” for the German’s style of play.
The striker featured from the start for the Reds against Manchester United at Anfield on Monday night but was unable to help the Merseyside outfit make the breakthrough against Jose Mourinho’s men.
It remains to be seen whether Sturridge will be able to hold down a regular starting spot in the Liverpool first team this season under Klopp.
However, former Manchester United defender Neville feels that the striker is not likely to be given a regular run in the first team because he does not work as hard as some of his team-mates when off the ball.
Speaking on Sky Sports ahead of Monday’s game at Anfield, Neville said: “The strength of Klopp’s team this season and last season is the fact that every single one of them is chasing and scurrying after the ball like crazy, the energy is incredible.
“Daniel Sturridge is never going to do that.
“I don’t think he has the actual stamina or endurance to be able to do it, or the willingness or want – it’s not his game.
“I think Jurgen Klopp will look at Daniel Sturridge as being someone who doesn’t quite fit the bill. However, he has got the most quality of anyone at Liverpool in the final third if he gets the ball into his feet.”
Liverpool return to Premier League action with a home clash against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday evening.