Graeme Souness: This is the problem with Liverpool striker
Former Liverpool captain Graeme Souness delivers his verdict on Daniel Sturridge's prospects at Anfield
Graeme Souness says Daniel Sturridge’s inability to keep himself fit is the Liverpool striker’s biggest problem under Jurgen Klopp.
The England international was omitted from the Liverpool manager’s starting line-up for the visit of West Bromwich Albion at Anfield on Saturday evening.
Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho got on the score sheet as Liverpool were 2-1 winners against the Baggies to leave Klopp’s side in third place.
Sturridge has struggled to secure a regular spot in the Liverpool manager’s starting line-up this season and the 27-year-old was unable to have an impact in a goalless draw with Manchester United earlier this month.
Former Liverpool captain Souness believes Sturridge’s biggest problem is being able to stay fit over a consistent spell.
“I think he is a fantastic talent. The problem is keeping himself fit and proving that to this manager. He hasn’t done that in his career so far,” Souness told Sky Sports.
“In terms of raw ability, he is up there with the very best. If you’re a manager, you want someone you can rely on, week in, week out. You just don’t know with Daniel Sturridge.”
Sturridge moved to Liverpool in a £12m deal from Chelsea in January 2013 under Klopp’s predecessor Brendan Rodgers.
Liverpool will make the trip to south London to face Crystal Palace in their next Premier League game on Saturday evening.
The Reds are level on points with Premier League leaders Manchester City.